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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 »

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 »

DaVita.com GFR calculator

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a measure of how well kidneys are cleaning the blood and is used to establish a person’s stage of kidney disease. The DaVita GFR Calculator helps you determine the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Once GFR is known and the stage of chronic kidney disease is determined, a treatment plan can be formulated. 

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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 »

What a renal dietitian can do for a person with kidney disease

Dialysis patients are assigned a renal dietitian to help them eat properly. However, people with kidney disease who are not on dialysis can also benefit from a dietitian’s expertise. Learn what a renal dietitian can do if you have kidney disease and why you may need one to help you learn about and manage a kidney diet.

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