Some Amazing Things Your Kidneys Do:
- Filter waste materials in your body
- Help create red blood cells
- Regulate blood pressure
- Help keep your bones strong
- Keep electrolytes balanced
- Maintain fluid balance
Want more insight? Get answers to common questions on kidneys below!
Where are my kidneys?
Wondering where these impressive bean-shaped organs are located in your body? You can find your kidneys in the back of your abdomen, just above your waist on either side of your body.
My doctor mentioned "renal function." What is that?
Renal function is the term doctors use to describe the functionality of your kidneys. For example, if both of your kidneys are in good working condition, you could be rocking nearly 100% renal function.
How can I keep my kidneys healthy?
For those with healthy kidneys, there are several things you can do to keep them healthy:
- Drink plenty of water. Six glasses a day should be more than enough.
- Be careful when taking medication or herbal supplements. These are fine in small doses, but even taking over the counter drugs like ibuprofen regularly for a long time can damage your kidneys.
- Don’t smoke. Believe it or not, your kidneys can also be damaged by smoking
- Eat healthy. For people with healthy kidneys, bananas are a good choice as their high potassium will help lower your blood pressure.
How will I know if I have kidney disease?
Unfortunately, kidney disease only has a few, subtle symptoms. It may not be detected until it reaches advanced stages. Check with your doctor annually.
A few things to look out for:
- Painful, difficult, discolored urine
- Constant fatigue and feebleness
- An itchy feeling all over the body accompanied by headaches
- Swelling in the hands, feet, ankles
- Puffy eyes
What do I do if I have kidney disease?
What is kidney failure?
Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys lose the ability to balance chemicals and remove waste materials in the body.
What happens if my kidneys fail?
Kidney failure can eventually lead to death, as the body is unable to clean blood. Fortunately, most people can live long and happy lives by managing their kidney disease through kidney transplants and dialysis paired with diet and fluid control.
what is dialysis?
Dialysis is process in which a machine cleans your blood and removes excess fluid.
For more information about your kidneys, contact Satellite Healthcare.