Understanding your kidneys and what they do

By James Stinson MD

March was national kidney month, but it's never too late to learn about what the kidneys do and what you can do to keep them healthy.

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What the Kidneys do

Your kidneys work nonstop to filter out toxins and extra fluid and regulate blood pressure in your body. You can’t live without them, and if they stop working well, you can get very sick.

 

The Importance of Screening

Screening is painless and is important because it can help your doctor identify problems with your kidneys that can be slowed or prevented.

Screening is often performed with a simple urine test where the doctor looks for protein. If protein is found, it may be a signal of early kidney disease so your doctor will run tests and help make a treatment plan for you.

If you have high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney disease, you should be tested regularly.

 

What you can do

Keeping your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar at healthy levels  is important to having healthy kidneys. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact your primary care provider.​