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Simple things you should know about your kidneys…

Published:Wednesday | March 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Did you know that your kidneys:

- Make urine.

- Remove waste and extra fluid from your blood.

- Control your body's chemical balance.

- Help control your blood pressure.

- Help keep your bones healthy.

- Help you make red blood cells.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive loss in kidney function over a period of months or years. There are five stages of failure.




- About one in 10 people have some degree of CKD.

- Kidney disease can affect people of all ages and races.

- The older you get, the more likely you are to have some degree of kidney disease.

- High blood pressure and diabetes are the most common CKD causes in adults.

- Every year, millions die prematurely of complications related to kidney disease.







- Most people have no symptoms until CKD is advanced.

- You can lose up to 90 per cent of your kidney function before experiencing any symptoms.

- Regardless of your age, simple and low-cost treatments can slow the progression of kidney disease, prevent complications and improve quality of life.