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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 »

How kidney disease patients can deal with kidney disease

A diagnosis of chronic kidney disease can cause anxiety and stress. It is important for people with kidney disease to attend to the emotional and mental challenges that come from being diagnosed with kidney disease. Find out how to become more educated about kidney disease, how to connect with other kidney disease patients and how to improve your emotional outlook.

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

Bone disease and kidney disease

When a doctor determines that bone disease is related to kidney disease, it usually means that the kidneys are not doing their job well enough to balance the body’s minerals. This condition is called renal osteodystrophy.

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PREVENTION »

Leading cause of kidney disease is diabetes

People with diabetes are at risk for kidney disease. High blood sugar or glucose levels build up in the bloodstream. If uncontrolled, this can lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD). Over time, diabetes damages blood vessels throughout the body, including those in the kidneys. Find out how to help prevent diabetes from leading to kidney disease.

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DIET & NUTRITION »

Phosphorus and early stage kidney disease

Phosphorus is found in every cell of the body. It keeps your bones and teeth strong, and regulates the heart, nerves and kidneys. But when you have kidney disease, limiting phosphorus in your diet can help keep you healthier. Learn why controlling phosphorus is important for people with early stage kidney disease, which foods are low in phosphorus and which foods are high in phosphorus.

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