Healthy Kidneys & Urinary System
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What's Your Pee Telling You?

It may seem surprising, but urine offers a lot of clues about your health. Take this quiz to see what your pee may be hinting.

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What's Your Pee Telling You?
What's Your Pee Telling You?
Question 1 of 20 Correct

How much urine is it normal to pass per day?

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The correct answer is: The average person makes 1 to 2 liters of urine per day. If you're urinating a lot more, it could be a symptom of diabetes, and if you're not urinating enough, it could be a symptom of dehydration.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How often should a person urinate every day?

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The correct answer is: Normal frequency of urination is considered to be up to seven or eight times a day. Some people urinate every four hours, while others can last six or even eight hours.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating asparagus can make your pee smell weird.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Some people experience a strong odor coming from their urine after they eat asparagus. This is most notably because of the chemicals folic acid and asparagine. Many people however cannot smell the odor, even when they produce the chemicals.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which urine color is most alarming?

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The correct answer is: While reddish or brown-colored urine could be a sign of a bladder infection, it could also signal bladder cancer. Medications such as deferoxamine, which is used to treat iron poisoning, or phenazopyridine, which is used to treat urinary tract infection pain, can also cause red urine.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Some children have green urine.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Green urine can be the result of Elavil, which is an antidepressant that is also used to treat children who wet the bed.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of the following could cause urine to have a strong odor?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Normally, urine doesn't have much of an odor, but certain foods, medications, vitamins, infections and diseases can cause urine to smell. Pay attention to the odor of your urine. If there is a change not related to dehydration, contact your healthcare provider.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which urine smell is a symptom of diabetes?

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The correct answer is: If urine has a sweet smell, it could be a sign of diabetes. If it's a foul odor, it could be a sign of a bladder or kidney infection; if it smells like ammonia, you may be dehydrated.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Besides a foul odor, which of the following is a symptom of kidney disease?

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The correct answer is: General appearance changes in urine could also signal a problem. Urine that is consistently foamy or bubbly may be a sign of kidney disease. Talk to your doctor if you notice any changes in urine.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's normal to get goosebumps when urinating.

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The correct answer is: This is true. According to Dr. Oz, it's pretty common because in order to urinate you have to take that autonomic system of the body and just let it go. That nervous system controls the goose bumps in the back. Some even argue it's nature's way of getting the last little bit out at the end.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a symptom of a prostate infection?

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The correct answer is: In addition to being a sign of prostate infection or enlargement, a split stream of urine is the sign of a real condition that could be caused by residual debris in the urinary tube, scarring of the urinary opening or damage to the urethra.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Myth or fact: Urine can sterilize a deep cut.

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The correct answer is: This is a myth. Yes, the urine is sterile, but the bladder and uretha may not be, so urine can pick up bacteria on the way out.

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True or false: Urine can be used on the skin as a beauty treatment.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In Japan, women use urine on their skin as a humectant; it allows the skin to pull moisture from the lower levels of the skin to the surface. In fact, the United States has beauty products made with urea.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What causes a slow flow of urine?

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The correct answer is: Both of the above are correct. A slow stream is sometimes related to the muscles of the bladder not being able to squeeze rhythmically to empty the bladder quicker. Medications like antihistamines and antidepressants can also cause a slow flow. Next time you need to go, push down on the bladder to help relieve urine from your body more efficiently.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of the following drinks is better for your bladder?

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The correct answer is: Caffeine is a chemical that acts directly on the kidneys, so the more caffeine you drink, the more you'll have to urinate. Dr. Oz suggests drinking green tea because it has a quarter of the caffeine that is in coffee and still gives you the energy boost you'll want.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which foods allow the body to urinate more often?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are soy products, and they all act like diuretics, which allows the body to urinate more often.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a symptom of bladder cancer?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Bloody urine is another common symptom of bladder cancer. Keep in mind these symptoms are not sure signs of bladder cancer, they could also be signs of infections, benign tumors or bladder stones. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of the following foods increase the kidney's ability to transport toxins to the urine?

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The correct answer is: Cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, bok choy and broccoli increase the kidney's ability to transport toxins into the urine and help liver cells recover from detox.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of the following may cause the body to urinate more often?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Carrying extra weight can take its toll on the bladder and other urinary structures. It weakens the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments that support your bladder, making the body urinate more often. Being overweight is a risk factor for stress incontinence (leaking urine when you sneeze, cough, laugh or exercise) especially after menopause. Luckily, losing weight can restore urinary control and help stress incontinence symptoms.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of the following vitamins can help treat urinary incontinence?

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The correct answer is: According to RealAge, there is a strong link between urinary incontinence and low vitamin D levels. Take 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 (the kind of vitamin D your skin produces when exposed to the sun) a day if you're under 60, and 1,200 IU after age 60.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can help treat an overactive bladder?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor and sphincter muscles and help more than 80 percent of women with stress incontinence. Other ways to help with an overactive bladder is to keep a pee diary for three days. Look for connections and patterns that may explain when your bladder loses control. Another fix? Botox. Believe it or not, Botox injections help tame overactive bladders due to multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries.

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Healthy Kidneys & Urinary System

Your kidneys are shaped like beans and are about the size of your fist. They play a vital role in keeping the chemicals and water in your body balanced. Your urinary system removes a waste called urea from your blood after the foo...d you eat is broken down in your body. Problems can occur in your kidneys and urinary system from aging, from illnesses or from injury. These problems can range from minor to life-threatening. If you're having kidney or urinary tract problems, you should see your doctor for an evaluation. More