Back to Basics: Urine Testing (by Nick Ram, Orb Diagnostics)

Back to Basics: Urine Testing (by  Nick Ram, Orb Diagnostics)

Why are urine tests so important?  Urine Test

Urine testing is probably the best way for Healthcare providers to rapidly get a snap shot of what’s going on inside your body.  In this day and age analyzers can now run extensive urine tests, produce, save and print the results dramatically aiding the health worker with accuracy and time.

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Urine is a fluid produced by your body. It carries wastes from your blood and extra salt and water from your body. The dipstick shows the different chemicals that your kidneys filter.  A urine test can check for many different conditions. This includes minor urinary tract infections to diabetes and other more serious conditions.

MicroalKidneysbumin testing in urine is one of the earliest methods used for detection of symptoms of Kidney Disease. 

Urine microalbum in test is a test to detect very small levels of albumin in urine. A microalbumin test is used to detect early signs of kidney damage in people who have a risk of kidney disease.

Healthy kidneys filter waste from your blood and keep the healthy components, such as proteins like albumin. Kidney damage can cause proteins to leak through your kidneys and leave your body in your urine. Albumin is one of the first proteins to leak when kidneys become damaged.  Tests are recommended for people with an increased risk of kidney disease, such as those with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.

Many tests can be performed on urine. Urine test provides rapid key information for a wide range of critical changes in the body. Back to the basics on urine test is to highlight the importance of preforming routine urine tests accurately to ensure correct results.

 HCG Testing is another popular urine test.

An HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) urine test is a pregnancy test. The HCG hormone is produced in the placenta of a pregnant woman. Here again the method and timing is important in obtaining the correct result.  International standards state levels 25 ?ml as a positive. Tests can be performed manually or electronically.

Written by 

Nick Ram

POC Product Manager

Orb Diagnostics

011 452 9522

www.orblife.co.za 

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