These urinalysis test strips, URS-K (Ketones) URS-3 (Glucose, Protein, pH) and URS-10 (Glucose, Protein pH, Leukocytes, Nitrites, Ketones, Bilirubin, Blood, Urobilinogen, and Specific Gravity) are simple, easy to use reagent strips for the detection of key diagnostic chemical markers in human urine. They are the same test strips used routinely by doctors, laboratories and healthcare professionals in preliminary diagnosis of, and initial screening for potential health problems. URS-Strips are plastic strips to which chemically specific reagent pads are affixed. The reagent pads react with the sample urine to provide a standardized visible color reaction within 30 seconds to one minute depending on the specific panel screen. The color is then visually compared to the included color chart to determine the level of each chemical factor. Test results may provide useful information regarding carbohydrate (sugar) metabolism (diabetes), kidney function, acid-base balance, bacteriuria, occult blood , high leukocytes (infection) and other conditions of overall health. The strips are ready to use upon removal from the vial and the entire reagent strip is disposable. URS-K, 3 & 10 reagent test strips are packed 100 tests to a vial with approximately one (1) year shelf life. Each vial comes with a complete abstract on the chemical and biological properties of the test including a color chart for rapid visual diagnosis.
Significance of Ketones in diet programs (urs-K, Urs-10)
Is your body burning fat cells? The presence of
elevated levels of ketones in human urine is a primary indicator that the body
is in ketosis. Ketosis simply means that the body's stored fat cells are being
utilized as a primary fuel source to produce energy. The by products of fat
metabolism are ketones. Ketones are not stored by the body and are eliminated as
detectable waste products in urine. Therefore, monitoring the level of ketones
is presumptive of, and directly correlated to the metabolizing, or burning of
stored fat cells to produce energy. Likewise the conclusion can be drawn that
the higher the concentration of ketones in urine, the higher is the amount of
fat cells metabolized by the body. Ketone test strips are used routinely to help
measure the progress of dieters especially those maintaining a low carbohydrate
diet. Additionally, ketones are monitored in individuals with Type 1
diabetes. In diabetics, high ketone levels indicate ketoacidosis, a complication
of inadequate insulin levels that can lead to diabetic coma. In overall health considerations, high ketone levels are generally an
indication of abnormal nutritional conditions, including starvation, fasting,
anorexia, high protein or low carbohydrate diets.
Depending on the test and specific reagent panel, abnormal levels of specific chemical compounds contained in urine can be easily and readily identified as potential risks factors to overall health and/or indicators of underlying health problems. The significance of each reagent panel is discussed in detail in the Urinalysis Technical Document.
Procedure and Use:
Reading the results:
Each vial of urinalysis reagent strips includes a color coded chart. The reactive color of each panel on the test strip is compared to the closest corresponding color on the result chart. The concentration level range for each chemical marker is indicated below each color block on the result chart. As with all tests dealing with color intensity or color matching, it is often recommended to obtain another person's interpretation of the test result. Shown to the left is the color result chart for the URS-10, ten parameter test strip. Each of the ten reactive reagent pads on the test strip are compared to the corresponding line of color blocks on the chart. The closest color match indicates the test result. Use of reagent strips are intended as an initial indication only of elevated chemical markers and not conclusive of a specific diagnosis. Further testing and consultation with a healthcare professional is necessary to confirm the presence of specific disease or health conditions.
EXPECTED VALUES (See also the Urinalysis Technical Document)
for the typical "normal" healthy population and the abnormal population are as
• Glucose: Glucose should not be detected in normal
urine. Small amounts of
glucose may be excreted by the kidney. These amounts are usually below the
sensitivity of this test but on occasion may produce a color between the negative
and the 1/10 g/dL color blocks. Results of 1/10 g/dL (if consistent) or higher are
considered to be significantly abnormal and professional advice should be obtained
* NOTE: For a more complete discussion of expected results and potential causes of unexpected results see the Urinalysis Technical Document.
AVAILABILITY AND ORDERING
URS-K, URS-3 and URS-10 urinalysis tests strips are a intelligent first step in overall health self-evaluation. They can be an effective, low cost diagnostic aid in early detection of potential health problems. The user should remember that test results are visual and qualitative only and must be discussed with a healthcare professional prior to any conclusion or definitive diagnosis.