GEE WHIZ! AT HOME URINE HEALTH TEST MAKES AUSTRALIAN DEBUT
Australia's first approved, at-home urine test, the "We Test®", promising to leak 11-truth bombs about the state of your health. The We Test® is simple – one quick wee on a strip provides information on several different health indicators, faster than you can google "in vitro diagnostic urinalysis."
This clever collection of chemical detectives provides clues about the body's hydration, pH levels, vitamin C levels, white blood cell count, and ketones, to name just a few, arming curious consumers with valuable information.
We Test® is an Australian brand created by Sydney mum of two, Sophie Castleman, using the expertise of eminent kidney specialist, Associate Professor David Gracey. Castleman said We Test® came about after her own frustrations in wanting more information about herself and her children during times of uncertainty at home.
"I knew there were markers in our wee which could tell us about our health. I could take my own body temperature, so it followed that I should be able to check what's in my urine," she said.
"I'm launching We Test® because I truly believe that everyone should be able to access as much information about their health as possible. While I understand that nothing replaces a visit to the GP, simply having more knowledge can provide both peace of mind and valuable information for yourself and your family. It's a game changer."
According to Castleman, the test could become as much a part of every family's home health kit as a thermometer.
"We Test® offers a simple results guide, which clearly indicates when there's a problem that may require further investigation with your doctor. For example, if the test strip indicates a high level of white blood cells, it could be an indicator that your body is fighting an infection and that's something you would want to follow up with your doctor," she explained.
"In other cases, the sheer detection of a substance, such as blood or glucose, suggests there may be a problem worth investigating with your doctor. Early detection means early intervention, and that can lead to better health outcomes," she said.
So, how does it work? We Test® provides information about your urine in a very similar way to a pregnancy test. The indicators on the strip will produce a result by changing colour, and then users can compare the results on the strip against the colour-coded results chart included in the box.
We Test® looks for dehydration, glucose, protein, vitamin C, pH levels, white blood cells, nitrite, ketones, bilirubin, urobilinogen and blood. Each We Test® kit contains three strips, a colour chart and an information sheet. Each box contains three individually packaged tests and will be available for RRP $19.99 at selected pharmacies and online. For more information or to purchase, visit www.wetestonline.com
Review: Great for those of us who never spare the time to check ourselves out at the doctor, We Test provides a helpful insight to get your health back on track.
The We Test® offers insight into the following parameters:
DEHYDRATION – Dehydration occurs when your body doesn't have as much water as it needs. Test to see whether you've been drinking enough water to keep you hydrated.
GLUCOSE – Normally, your urine should not contain any glucose. The presence of glucose may indicate a problem. If you detect glucose in your urine with the We Test®, you should consult your doctor.
PROTEIN – Your kidneys play an important role in protein metabolism. Normally, only excess protein will be filtered into urine. If you detect protein in your urine with the We Test®, you should consult your doctor.
VITAMIN C - Vitamin C is an important vitamin for the body. Excess vitamin C is excreted in urine. If you are taking a vitamin C supplement
and detect vitamin C in urine, your body has more than it needs.
pH LEVELS – pH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity in the urine. Differences in your diet can affect the acidity or alkalinity of your urine. Use the We Test® to test the pH of your urine. If the We Test® indicates that your urine pH is outside the normal range, you may need to consult your doctor.
WHITE BLOOD CELLS –White blood cells in the urine may indicate infection. If you detect white blood cells in your urine with the We Test®, you should
consult your doctor.
NITRITE –Nitrites in the urine may indicate signs of infection. Test your urine for the presence of nitrites. If you detect nitrite in your urine with the We Test®, you should consult your doctor.
KETONES – Test to detect the presence of ketones in the urine. Ketones are produced by the liver. Their presence in urine can be caused by a wide range of factors worth discussing with your doctor.
BILIRUBIN – Bilirubin is not normally present in urine. If Bilirubin is detected, you should consult your doctor.
UROBILINOGEN – Urobilogen is not normally present in urine. If urobilogen is detected, you should consult your doctor.
BLOOD – Blood is not normally present in urine. A number of causes can lead to blood being passed into your urine. If you detect blood in your urine with the We Test®, you should consult your doctor.