The Kidneys

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The Role and Health of Kidneys

Explore the vital functions of the kidneys and the impact of chronic kidney disease, along with available treatment options.

Functions of the Kidneys

Despite their small size, kidneys are highly efficient organs, filtering over 200 litres of blood daily, eliminating waste, regulating blood pressure, and maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

CKD is a progressive loss of kidney function caused by diabetes, hypertension, and other factors. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for managing this condition.

Recognizing CKD Symptoms

Symptoms might include fatigue, swelling, and changes in urine output. Regular health check-ups can help in early detection.

Treatment Options for CKD

  • Lifestyle Changes: Diet and exercise modifications to alleviate strain on kidneys.
  • Medication: To control blood pressure and other contributing factors.
  • Dialysis: In advanced cases, dialysis can perform the kidney's filtering function.
  • Kidney Transplant: A potential option for suitable candidates.

Living with CKD

Many individuals with CKD can lead productive lives with proper management and care, with ongoing medical advancements offering hope for future treatments.

For more detailed information on CKD, its symptoms, and treatment options, consult a healthcare professional or nephrologist.