Urine Color. What Yours May Be Trying to Tell You.

Ever take a look at the color of your urine? Most people aren’t interested, but urine color can be an important clue. Normally, it’s yellow — pale yellow to deep amber.When it gets dark it usually means you’re not getting enough fluid. If it gets really dark, you might have a problem with your liver. Is it pink or red? If you’ve eaten beets, blueberries or rhubarb recently, that could be the cause. If not, it might mean you have blood in your urine, which could be a sign of infection, an enlarged prostate or cancer. There are several other things that can turn urine color to pink or red, so it’s important to have it checked out.

According to Cleveland Clinic, “Human urine has been a useful tool of diagnosis since the earliest days of medicine. The color, density, and smell of urine can reveal much about the state of our health.”

Take a look at this handy Cleveland Clinic chart to see what the color of your urine may be saying about you and your health.

Cleveland Clinic color of urine

Source: Cleveland Clinic


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For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. Now, she's a baby boomer not interested in retiring. She writes the Catching Health blog and is a regular guest on the WCSH6/WLBZ2 Morning Report. She's also a college art student at USM. You can read about that adventure on Diane's other blog mylatestart.bangordailynews.com. She says it's good (and healthy) to be busy!