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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 »

Anemia and kidney disease

People with kidney disease are often at risk for anemia. Women with kidney disease may be more susceptible to anemia. Learn what anemia is, the symptoms of anemia and some of the possible treatments for anemia.


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PREVENTION »

Type 1 diabetes and kidney disease

Type 1 diabetes occurs less frequently, but people who have it are at risk for kidney disease. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes and the connections it shares with kidney disease.

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DIET & NUTRITION »

Potassium and early stage kidney disease

Potassium is an important mineral that regulates heartbeats and promotes muscle movement. But when you have advanced stage kidney disease, the kidneys may not be able to remove excess potassium, which can be harmful to the body. You will need to lower the potassium in your diet when your kidneys can no longer remove excess amounts help keep blood levels of potassium normal. Learn about potassium and how your stage of chronic kidney disease may affect your potassium level, high potassium and low potassium foods and where your potassium level should be when you have early stage kidney disease.

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