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THE BASICS »

What kidneys do

These bean-shaped organs of your body work very hard – they are the kidneys and each one is about the size of an adult fist. But what is it that kidneys do that makes them so important? Kidneys balance the body’s chemistry by cleaning the entire blood supply every 5 minutes. They filter waste products and extra water out of your body through your urine. Those are just a couple of the many examples of what kidneys do.

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TREATMENTS »

Heading your kidney disease health care team

It may be overwhelming to learn you have kidney disease, but it is more manageable when you feel you are in control. Getting organized and learning the facts about chronic kidney disease (CKD) are the first steps to becoming the head of your kidney disease health care team. No one is an expert on your body and health like you. It’s easier than you think to take charge.  

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

Polycystic kidney disease

An estimated 600,000 Americans have polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and half of them will face kidney failure. Discover the various forms of PKD, the symptoms, and how to manage the disease after diagnosis.

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PREVENTION »

Exercise and kidney disease

Exercise should be part of your treatment for kidney disease in addition to being part of a healthy lifestyle. Kidney disease patients can get both physical and psychological benefits from exercising. There are many types of activities that count as exercise for kidney disease patients. Learn about some activities as well as the benefits that can be derived from proper exercise for people with kidney disease. 

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DIET & NUTRITION »

Protein and early stage kidney disease

Protein is an essential nutrient that helps keep your body healthy. But too much protein for people with early stage kidney disease may contribute to progressive loss of kidney function. On the other hand, inadequate protein intake causes malnutrition. People with kidney disease should monitor the amount of protein they eat on a kidney diet, and can do so with the help of their renal dietitian.

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