Cartoon Caucasian male doctor and graphic of two kidneys with text "Get to Know Your Kidneys"

In general, people tend to give the heart and brain more attention. But what about the kidneys, the unsung heroes in the body? The kidneys have a very important job to do. They filter about 200 quarts of blood a day and remove extra fluid, waste, and acid, while helping maintain a healthy mineral balance.

More than 26 million Americans already have a kidney disease. The problem is most are not aware, because there are no signs of kidney disease until it has progressed. The good news is there are some things that can help improve the chances of keeping those kidneys happy!

Here are a few things to consider in keeping kidneys functioning at their best:
• Drink plenty of fluids.
• Avoid alcohol.
• Exercise.
• Don’t smoke.
• Try to control blood pressure.

Even though kidney disease can remain hidden until it advances, a simple urine or blood test can detect it. Early detection and treatment can help slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.


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