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A 26-year-old female asked:

Does water dilute protein in urine? because i had a uti the time i started seeing bubbles in urine and 1+ on urine dipstick then next day was neg. the months later trace. now neg. is it the water i drink causing it to be neg. or is it my kidneys?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 59 years experience
Urine protein.: Yes increasing water intake increases urine volume....output (pee) but not protein. Thus water intake diluted the protein in urine which may be enough to lower the concentration in the urine so low it will be negative with a dipstick. Best to test urine protein/ creatine ratio which corrects for dilution.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Many factors: Drinking more water will dilute the urine and affect dipstick results. Other factors affecting protein are posture and contamination with vaginal fluid. If your doctor is concerned about protein in urine s/he could ask for 24 hour urine. As a short cut a protein/creatinine ratio can provide a close approximation. Get HPV vaccine. Wish you good health!
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Last updated Sep 22, 2020


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