A 17-year-old female asked:
When i don't drink a lot of water my urine starts to have a strong urine smell and is dark. but when i drink water it doesn't smell and it's light what could this mean ?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Good observation. You are diluting things in your urine that make it smell like urine and makes it lighter in color.
The best recommendation is to drink when you are thirsty. Go to Wikipedia for more details on how the kidney works.
Reviewed Sep 24, 2021
Pathology 50 years experience
Answered Sep 24, 2021
Last updated Sep 24, 2021
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