Keeping Kidneys Healthy
The kidneys help to keep the blood clean and chemically balanced. Understanding how they work can help you know what you can do to help keep them healthy.
A government study estimates nearly 4 million U.S. adults are treated for kidney disease each year.* The most common causes of chronic kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. Controlling these conditions can help to lower the chance for kidney problems. People with a family history of any kind of kidney problem are also at risk for kidney disease.
Like other organs, your kidneys have a specific job. They clean your blood by taking out waste and extra fluids, keep the right balance of salt and minerals in your blood, and help take care of your blood pressure.
There are some risk factors for kidney failure that are out of your control, like age and family history. But here are some others you may be able to control.
Kidney stones are one of the most widely found urinary tract conditions. Each year, people make close to 3 million visits to doctors and more than half a million people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems.