Role of the Kidneys

ROLE OF THE KIDNEYS

“Saying the product of the kidneys is urine is like saying the product of a factory is pollution. Urine is a by-product. The product is body health and balance (homeostasis)”*

Chronic Kidney disease (especially in its early stages) does not have any symptoms. By the time people get symptoms and come to the doctor, its already too late! 😦 

The only way to pick up kidney disease early is by getting a blood test (KFT) and simple urine test (Urine R/M) done regularly. More often for people who are at increased risk of getting kidney diseases.

Kidneys are two bean shaped organs located in the back. They serve many functions in the body which helps maintain the overall health and balance. Some of the functions are:

  • Filter the blood and remove toxins
  • Regulate Blood pressure
  • Get rid of toxins, extra salt and water
  • Bone health
  • Process Vitamin – D
  • Regulate calcium, phosphorous
  • Produce a hormone called Erythropoetin that helps make blood
  • Control other electrolytes like potassium, magnesium
  • Regulate acid base levels in the body
SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY DISEASES
  • Fatigue (Feeling tired all the time)
  • Feeling cold
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling (edema) in hands and legs
  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased urination
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Drowsiness (sleepiness)

Consult a nephrologist today if you have any questions. Call 9319752096 for appointments.

#allaboutkidneys #bestnephrology care #bestkidney doc #topkidney advice

[Source of Quote at the top is: Twitter account of Dr. Joel Topf (MD, FACP)]

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