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Facts About Your Kidneys

Most people have two kidneys which are about 10-15cm long, located either side of the spine. Their main job is to clean your blood of toxins and transform this into urine, which you then expel from your body.

 

WHAT DO YOUR KIDNEYS DO?

  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Produce red blood cells
  • Activate vitamin D for healthy bones
  • Regulate fluid levels
  • Remove waste products from the body
  • Filter 200 litres of fluid every day

RISK FACTORS FOR KIDNEY DISEASE

 

High blood pressure

Diabetes

Family history

Age of 60

 

 

A FEW SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY DISEASE

 

  • Weight loss and poor appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath

  • Blood in your urine
  • Tiredness
  • Swollen ankles, feet and hands

 

PROBLEMS KIDNEY DISEASE CAN SOLVE

 

Nerve damage

 

Cardiovascular disease

 

Heart attack

 

Weak bones

 

High blood pressure

Kidney failure

Low blood count

Stroke

 

 

All information is sourced from the NHS, National Kidney Foundation and World Kidney Day