People will study their urine to find out more about the color and appearance. The appearance of urine may cause relieve or make a person to secretly worry about it. Urine is a byproduct of the process of digestion. When you drink water and some other fluids, they enter the stomach and pass through the colon before water is taken in small intestines to help in breakdown of food. Having oily urine may indicate substances contained in it or dehydration. Urine is filtered from blood by the kidneys before it is released out of the body.
Causes of oily urine
The color, consistency, and smell of urine or having oily urine could indicate how you have been drinking, things you have eaten and probably some disease or infection you have in your body. There are numerous causes of oily urine and they include dehydration, excess vitamins, chyle, and ketones in urine.
Urine is mainly made up of waste products and excess water derived from the body. The kidney filters excess water and waste product from blood. Urine also contains some urochrome, or a pigment that is found in blood. The yellow color of urine comes from urochrome.
The color of urine may be determined by dehydration of body. When you have light yellow so some tinted orange or dark yellow, it may be due to dehydration. Having abnormal amount of protein or proteinuria and fat or lipiduria in urine may make it change in color and appear oily.
When you don’t drink sufficient water, you will encounter dehydration. People urinate about 2.5 quarts of their urine. Through breathing, a person may lose about a glass of water from the body. That’s why you notice when you breathe on to a window or mirror, it is moist. That is water getting out of the body.
You also lose water when you sweat even when you are sedentary. Therefore, it is easy to have abnormally looking urine meaning you are dehydrated even when you have been inactive. Dehydration may also be caused by diarrhea, diabetes, and medication. People with diabetes have increased urination, which results in loss of more water from body.
Taking medicines such as diuretics, antihistamines, anti psychotics and blood pressure medicines can increase the risk of having dehydration. Oily urine could indicate that you are having excess vitamins in body or the vitamins are not adequately being absorbed in body. You may want to change your diet and take whole food supplements, which can be absorbed easily in body.
When urine sits in bladder for extended period, it is likely to have a film of oil-like substance. This is normal and may not be a cause for alarm. However, when the oily-like substance is too much and it is accompanied by some milky appearance, you may want to seek help of a doctor.
The oily substance may be chyle that is made of proteins and fats. This could mean that there is abnormal amount of protein and fat in urine. When the body is in a state called ketosis, ketones can be present in urine. People on stringent diet or those who are starving themselves may have ketones in urine.
Similarly, people with uncontrolled diabetes may also have these substances. In normal circumstance, the body will break down the carbohydrates in body to get energy but when the reserves for carbohydrates are exhausted, the body will go for fats stored in body to break them down. During the metabolism of fats, it causes ketones to occur in urine.
When to seek medical help
Urine is an important body system and when there are problems with the system, it needs to be checked. Some causes of oily urine may not warrant seeing a doctor. For example, if you are having oily urine because of dehydration due to lack of sufficient water intake in body, what you may want to do is take enough water.
Sometimes, dehydration may be caused by a disease like diabetes and diarrhea, and in this case, you need to seek medical help for treatment. The kind of treatment offered when you have oily-like substance in your urine will depend on the cause. The change in color and appearance of urine could mean a disease such as bladder or kidney infection or even cancer.
It may also mean something simple like food you ate the previous day such as asparagus and beets. Oily urine that is accompanied by bad odor may be a sign of disease. Under normal situations, urine has no strong odor. Having ammonia like odor may indicate an infection or kidney stones.
The frequency of urine may also be an indicator of a prevailing health problem. Seek medical help if you have oily urine that has bad or pungent smell so that tests can be conducted to determine the possible cause. Treatment will be offered based on the outcomes of the tests by a doctor.
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