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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 »

Living a full life after a chronic kidney disease diagnosis

After you are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), there are several things that you can do to slow its progression. This includes learning about the disease, communicating with your health care team and following kidney care plans carefully. Here are some fundamental tips on how to live a full life after you’re diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

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PREVENTION »

Exercise and kidney disease

Exercise should be part of your treatment for kidney disease in addition to being part of a healthy lifestyle. Kidney disease patients can get both physical and psychological benefits from exercising. There are many types of activities that count as exercise for kidney disease patients. Learn about some activities as well as the benefits that can be derived from proper exercise for people with kidney disease. 

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DIET & NUTRITION »

Cranberries and kidneys

Cranberries and cranberry juice have been rumored to promote kidney health. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) send millions of people to their doctors every year. Research supports that cranberry juice can help fight urinary tract infections, so cranberries help promote kidney health along with providing other health benefits.


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