Are Your Kidneys Working Right

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Published on February 7, 2014

Author: TeenaCathey

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My nephew was born with kidney complications. So I learned some stuff from the doctors when I was there. I learned that the kidneys are a disposal and waste filtering system of the body. It’s super cool that they are vital organs, but we only need one.

Knowing our kidney health is important, but it's something doctors don't stress unless there is trauma or you have pain.

Are Your Kidney’s Working Right? Do you know where your kidney is located? Do you know how the kidney works? The kidneys are located along the posterior muscular wall of the abdominal cavity. The kidneys are a disposal and waste filtering system of the body. It’s super cool that they are vital organs, but we only need one. Crazy how the body works. Since our kidneys are muy importante, it’s not a bad idea to get them checked out to make sure they are working properly. Which reminds me, my nephew had kidney issues when he was born. Hope everything is good. I digress.

The eGFR test To make sure your kidney is right you have to get a eGFR test. The eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate) is a number based on your blood test for creatinine.  It tells how well your kidneys are working. To get this test done you’d go to your doctor and get a blood test. It’s like getting your cholesterol test. You want your eGFR to be higher than 60. Check the chart Help protect your kidneys! ● ● ● ● ● ● Keep a healthy blood pressure (less than 120/80 for most people) Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes Eat a heart healthy diet (low in fat and salt) Exercise at least 2 days a week for minimum 30 minutes Do not smoke or use tobacco Talk to your doctor about medicines that might help protect your kidneys Now You: Have you ever had a kidney health test?

Sources: http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney­health/kidney­tests/kidney­test­egfr.html#.UoAhQ_m8E1k http://www.innerbody.com/image_urinov/dige05­new.html Speak It. Live It. Love It.

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