March 5, 2019
When most people think of the kidneys, they think of their function as filter organs, removing waste from the body. In this function, kidneys are busy little organs – filtering through about 200 quarts of fluid every 24 hours. Some of the fluids will be removed via urine, and the rest is returned to the body. But the kidneys are responsible for so much more. These fist-sized organs are located at each side of our spine at the lowest part of our rib cage.
These powerful organs perform all of the following functions:
Now that we know how much these little organs do, let’s look at the risk factors that increase our possibility of developing kidney disease.
Major risk factors include:
The National Kidney Foundation has a campaign titled “Take 5 for Your Kidneys.” This focuses on 5 simple steps you can take to help protect your kidneys and reduce your risk of developing kidney disease:
With kidney disease being so prevalent and with the statistics proving most don’t know about the risk, it is important that we speak to our doctors about our risk factors, take steps to protect our kidneys and help raise awareness of kidney disease.
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