FAQ on Kidneys

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-02-01 11:41:27 -0600
Started 2013-02-01 11:31:49 -0600

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What do the kidneys do?

The kidneys serve multiple crucial functions in the human body. Their primary purpose is to filter waste products out of the blood and other bodily fluids. This process creates urine and allows the body to reabsorb glucose. The kidneys also help maintain the optimal blood pressure and produce several vital hormones.

What is chronic kidney disease?

Also known as chronic renal disease, chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when the kidneys are unable to properly filter all the fluids that pass through them. CKD can present a wide variety of symptoms, with most being traced to the buildup of waste products in the blood that should have been excreted in urine. Since CKD is a chronic condition, this decrease in kidney function is observed over months or years.

How is diabetes related to chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

Diabetes is the primary cause of chronic kidney disease, accounting for 38% of all CKD cases in the United States in 2012. The other major cause of CKD is hypertension (25%), which itself is an extremely common complication of diabetes. More than 35% of people with diabetes aged 20 years or older have chronic kidney disease. CKD is a common complication for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

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2 replies

jayabee52 2013-02-01 11:41:27 -0600 Report

how well I know.

I am just about to go onto dialysis again. My GFR the last time I had it tested is 14 (absolute minimum is 10). At the recommendation of my Dr, I will be going on dialysis as soon as I can get checked out to see if I am healthy enough to undergo dialysis treatments.

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GabbyPA 2013-02-01 11:32:52 -0600 Report

I am sure James can put some of this into plain English, but I found this very informative. I just hear from my doctor that I have to be careful so I don't get it, but this really helped me understand it better. Hope it helps