What you can Learn from your Bathroom Habits

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Bladder health The body has an innate way of telling us that something may be going awry inside. If you listen carefully, you may be privy to some very important information. Here, we will discuss a few indicators that you may want to see a urologist.

Urine and urination habits are pretty accurate indicators of how the body is filtering what you take in, and how that filtration may be affected by your lifestyle habits. An initial analysis of urine requires only that you pay attention to the consistency, color, and odor. You’re used to your norm, so it shouldn’t take much to notice a change. The reason you want to notice is because changes in urine can alert you to a problem such as infection or disease.

After sugars, proteins, and vitamins are filtered by the kidneys, you are left with water-soluble toxins in your urine. Typically, urine is some shade of yellow. When you are properly hydrated, that color will be lighter. If you notice your urine darkening, drink more water. Also know that certain foods and medications could alter the hue of urine.

Naturally, red urine can be quite alarming. However, know that even a slight amount of blood can significantly alter the color you see in the toilet. Often, urine exhibits signs of blood with no other symptoms. Redness may be seen at one time and not the next time you urinate. That does not mean there is no underlying reason for the presence of blood. Schedule a visit with your physician for diagnostic testing.

If you are one who “holds it,” know that this isn’t the best habit to keep. Ideally, the frequency of urination should stay at about 6 to 8 times a day. The more you drink, the more you will go, and that’s not a bad thing. It is good to be mindful about frequency, as well as the urge sensation, as each of these characteristics of urination can alert you to an underlying condition such as urinary tract infection, overactive bladder, or , important to men, benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Bladder health is guarded with hydration and routine emptying. Don’t hold it! Changes to frequency, color, or odor should be evaluated by your doctor, not assessed by “Google research.”

Call Collin County Urology with questions, or to schedule your consultation. (972) 403-5425.

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