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THE BASICS »

Overview of the kidneys

Kidneys may be small (each one is about the size of a fist), but they are important and hard-working organs. Each kidney contains a million tiny filters that clean your blood and balance the chemistry of your body. They remove waste and excess water, help control your blood pressure, produce the hormone erythropoietin to make red blood cells and balance the minerals in your body. Learn more in this overview of the kidneys.

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TREATMENTS »

Getting the kidney disease support that you need

When a person is diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), it can be overwhelming. There are kidney disease support groups and other resources available to help. Connect online with others who are living with kidney disease through websites, discussion forums, blogs and email lists. National kidney organizations are excellent sources for information and support. Learn more about how you can get the kidney disease support you need when you have chronic kidney disease. 

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

Your heart and kidney disease

What does the heart have to do with kidney disease? Factors such as blood pressure, anemia and diabetes also influence kidney function and the heart. When you have kidney disease, you also have a high risk of developing heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease. Learn more about your heart and kidney disease.

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PREVENTION »

What is diabetes?

In a person with diabetes, the pancreas does not function properly. If you have diabetes, your body either makes too little insulin or cannot appropriately use the insulin it does make, resulting in increased blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can harm your body and result in serious complications, such as chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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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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