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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 »

What to expect at your first nephrologist visit

If you are having problems with your kidneys, you may be referred to a kidney doctor known as a nephrologist. A nephrologist has been trained in general internal medicine and specializes in disorders of the kidneys. Learn what you can expect on your first visit with a nephrologist.

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

Urinary system disorders

The urinary system is your body’s sophisticated system for making, storing and eliminating urine. It works to maintain the balance of chemicals and water in your body. There are certain disorders that can greatly interrupt the normal functioning of the urinary system. Learn what they are and when urinary system disorders could lead to kidney disease.

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PREVENTION »

Leading cause of kidney disease is diabetes

People with diabetes are at risk for kidney disease. High blood sugar or glucose levels build up in the bloodstream. If uncontrolled, this can lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD). Over time, diabetes damages blood vessels throughout the body, including those in the kidneys. Find out how to help prevent diabetes from leading to kidney disease.

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DIET & NUTRITION »

15 super foods for kidney health

When it comes to kidney health, it pays to eat foods high in antioxidants and other properties that support good health. Here are 15 super foods to include in your kidney-friendly diet. 


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