The Urine Test: So Many Messages in the Bottle

2009-06-30 | |
Last updated: 2015-01-18

Urine_SampleIt has been said before that you can learn a lot about a person by going through their trash. The same can be considered true in testing a person’s urine. As one of the most common forms of non-intrusive disease diagnosis, urine testing offers doctors some powerful means of identifying medical conditions that we might have. While most of us only hear of urine tests with respect to testing for pregnancy and testing for drug use, the number of types of urine tests available is quite considerable and continually growing.

Progressively Detecting More Problems Through Urine Testing

Though urine testing has been around for a long time, the types of conditions that can be detected has grown considerably and the tests continue to become more powerful as the contents within urine have been tied to specific conditions while detection of specific chemicals in the urine has become more sophisticated.

Although a search on Google for “home urine test” can bring up many online companies willing to sell tools for you to check your teenager or partner for drug and alcohol use, the more interesting tests are not yet readily available for those with a do-it-yourself mindset. At the same time, many of these tests require a bit more than peeing on a color changing dye to reveal one’s medical secrets.

What New Urine Tests Are Being Developed?

Many of the interesting urine tests that could be of considerable value to public health are those intended for detection of cancer. One cancer in particular, prostate cancer, the number two cancer killer in the US, does not yet have accurate tests for its identification. Thus, any improvements in its diagnosis could save many lives.

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Category: Disease Prevention, General Health, Medical Research

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