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Doctor insights on: Homocysteine Levels In Blood Urine And Saliva

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Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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Why would someone have normal levels of homocysteine in their blood, but high levels of homocysteine in their urine?

Why would someone have normal levels of homocysteine in their blood, but high levels of homocysteine in their urine?

Homocystinuria is a: Disorder with autosomal recessive inheritance. Both parents pass on a mutation of either the mthfr gene on the short arm of chromosome (chr.) 1 or the cbs gene on the long arm of chr. 21, causing deficiency in the respective enzymes for which they code. A metabolic geneticist, hematologist or cardiologist can help your doctor with diagnosis.Some specific forms of hcu respond to specific treatment. ...Read more

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What would it point to if urine homocysteine levels are high and chronic high b12 levels for years? Blood homocysteine is normal.

What would it point to if urine homocysteine levels are high and chronic high b12 levels for years? Blood homocysteine is normal.

Means nothing: This pathologist thinks the whole homocysteine business is a fad driven by fear of liability. Nobody knows what to do with the data, beyond advising healthy lifestyles. High B12 reflects the fact that you make mirror the binder protein than other folks. It's you. Stay physically fit and be thankful for good health. ...Read more

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My bun level is 16mg/dl and my creatinine 0.62 mg/dl normals but bun/creatinine is 26.1 should I be worried? I was fasting. Other blood & urine ok!

Nope: The ratio is high due to a relative increase in the BUN with a perfectly normal cr. You may have been a bit dehydrated with the fast. No issue here. ...Read more

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Which of the following accurately predicts problems with cortisol levels blood test, 24 hr urine or midnight saliva swab?

Depends: Blood cortisol is useful in the diagnosis of cushings (hypercortisolemia) or adrenal insufficiency. A 24 hr urine cortisol is helpful to diagnose excess cortisol. Saliva cortisol is only helpful in diagnosing excess cortisol, not adrenal insufficiency. If a blood cortisol level is low, further evaluation is required to establish if your adrenal function is truly low. ...Read more

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Is there a urine, blood or saliva test to check adrenaline levels - my doc prescribed 10mg amitriptaline for better sleep but w/o checking anything?

Is there a urine, blood or saliva test to check adrenaline levels - my doc prescribed 10mg amitriptaline for better sleep but w/o checking anything?

Avoid sleeping pills: We do not normally measure adrenaline. If symptoms are of anxiety (fear, panic, tremor, sweating, fast heart, etc) and insomnia then there are lots of treatments, including amitriptyline. But best to focus on non-drug interventions for sleep (see: http://goo.Gl/jcscx) and anxiety (see: http://goo.Gl/aibdp). If these fail, then there are very effective psychological treatments too. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are they looking for in my blood / urine tests?

What are they looking for in my blood / urine tests?

More info please: There are so many things that we investigate through blood and urine samples that it is not possible to answer your question without more specific details. Please provide more information. Thanks! ...Read more

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Does masterbate causes blood urine?

Does masterbate causes blood urine?

Maybe: It might if during masterbation you bruised the urethra which is the opening of the bladder. The bleeding should stop on its own. If you have burning or pain with urination you may have a bladder infection - that also causes blood in the urine. If you have pain drink lots of water and call your doctor. ...Read more

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Can THC show up on a non-drug blood/urine test?

Can THC show up on a non-drug blood/urine test?

No: Relax. You cannot be tested for it without your knowledge / consent. ...Read more

Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more