Urine Specific Gravity

Urine specific gravity test is one of the possible urine tests which is performed in a laboratory and measures the concentration of all chemical particles in the urine. This type of urine test requires a urine sample to be provided by the patient to be then sent to the lab.

The days before collecting the urine sample are very important. Patients need to make sure that their lifestyle or diets do not artificially alter the density or gravity of their urine. Doing drugs, eating too much of certain foods, or even over-exercising can cause urine gravity to change.

After patients make sure to maintain normal dietary intake and lifestyle, their urine sample should reveal the true specific gravity of their urine. There is a certain water concentration that the doctor will look for. If patients have too many particles or urine sediments, it may be a sign for any number of concerns.

Decreased Urine Gravity

Diabetes is a common cause of decreased urine gravity. Diabetes is generally very tough on the kidneys and over time, can create a number of urinary tract problems such as renal failure. An early symptom of renal failure is decreased urine gravity.

Drinking too much fluids can also cause decreased urine gravity. Because of that, drinking excessive amounts of fluids can be a way to avoid being detected for drug use. Other causes of decreased urine gravity are Aldosteronism (very rare), Renal tubular necrosis, or Severe kidney infections (pyelonephritis). Other urinary tract problems that cause decreased urine density are Polyuria which causes increased production of urine.

Increased Urine Gravity

Dehydration is the simplest cause of increased urine gravity. It can cause some confusion in urine gravity test findings, so make sure you are maintaining proper hydration during preparation for the test. Diarrhea is known to carry extra liquids out of the body, so if you are experiencing loose stools, make sure to drink more water.

Other more serious causes of increased urine density are Addison's disease, Glucosuria, Heart failure or heart problems, Renal arterial stenosis, or problems with having too much protein in urine known as Proteinuria or Albuminuria. Other urinary problems that can cause increased urine density are Anuria or Oliguria (reduced urine production).

Avoiding Detection of Urine Gravity

Some people seek privacy of their true medical condition. They may have to take a urine test, and not want their true health condition revealed. Many people who fall into that category opt for submitting synthetic urine as their sample for testing instead of their own pee. Synthetic urine looks real, and has many of the same chemicals. Many tests will not detect that it is synthetic and the results will come back just fine. This is a risky option, but many people still pursue this route because they do not want their health condition known.

Controlling Urine Gravity With Food

The foods and liquids we consume have a direct effect on the chemical ph balances throughout the organs of our bodies. If you are savvy about your diet, you can help control your body's acid levels and make it more or less acidic. For example, foods like meat and dairy are known to make your body more acidic. In an acidic environment, bacteria is more apt to multiply. To counter the acid, you can consume more plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables decrease the acidity of your body and make it harder for bacteria to thrive. Of course, the key to having the right acidity levels is to keep them at a healthy balance.

Testing Your Own Urine

There are over the counter urine tests available to test your urine. These are the simplest approach because you can test your pee in the privacy of your own home, and get immediate results. There are many take home urine tests that will test your protein levels which are signs of possible metabolic issues, blood glucose levels, and more.

If you have the means, you should consult with a healthcare professional to correctly interpret the results of the tests. The healthcare professional such a urologist or your physician can determine the root cause of the green pee you are experiencing, or possibly send you for other tests in order to get a more clear picture of your condition.

Prevention is Best Medicine

While you can not completely stop all health problems that may happen to you, you can take steps to prevent many problems from developing. The most important thing you can do is maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. If you feel that you can not keep the healthiest diet and a most regular exercise regimen, one option is to take vitamins to help give your body and your organs some help in staying healthy. For urinary tract in particular, since the kidneys and the bladder and some of the most important urinary tract organs, there are many different vitamins that help maintain kidney and bladder health.

Vitamins are almost never the first option. The best option is, again, to maintain a more healthy lifestyle. Additionally, in the United States, vitamins do not go through the rigorous testing as medicine does, so keep that in mind when choosing to take supplements. It is also a good idea to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements.

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