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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 »

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 »

Cystitis: a common urinary tract infection

Having a urinary tract infection (UTI) can be an uncomfortable experience. When bacteria get into the urinary system, they can cause UTIs. The most common UTI is inflammation of the bladder called cystitis. Left untreated, UTIs can lead to a kidney infection, potentially damaging the kidneys. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments of UTIs.

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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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