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Understanding your kidneys is the first step in taking control of your health. Following a kidney-friendly diet, taking good care of diabetes, hypertension and other health conditions, and not smoking may help your kidneys function better and longer, even when you have kidney disease. Your kidneys — two bean-shaped organs located in your lower back — play a more important role in your overall health than you may realize. They are your body’s filtration system, cleaning wastes and extra fluids from your body and producing and balancing chemicals that are necessary for your body to function.
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Once you’ve chosen a kidney doctor, it’s time to get your questions answered. Bring the 10 most common questions people ask kidney doctors along with and any others you have, as well as a list of your current medications, to your first visit. If you don’t understand a technical term your doctor is using, ask him or her to explain it. Be sure to give the doctor the full story regarding your health and diet, including habits you’re not always proud of. They need all the details — good and bad — to ensure your kidneys get the proper care.
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Want the inside scoop on what you should eat on the kidney diet? As kidney function declines, protein waste and minerals become hard to remove, and diseased kidneys must work harder to get rid of them. Each person’s diet prescription is different, but the main nutrients limited in kidney diets include protein, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. Once you know your food IQ, you’ll be one smart cookie.
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Kidney disease comes in stages. Knowing your chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage is important for deciding your treatment. CKD has five stages, ranging from nearly normal kidney function (stage 1) to kidney failure, which requires dialysis or transplant (stage 5). Understanding your stage can help you learn how to take control and slow the progression of your condition.
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When people find out they need dialysis, they may not be aware that several types of dialysis are available to fit their health and lifestyle needs. If you just found out you need dialysis to treat kidney failure, or if you are on dialysis and would like to explore other modality options, learn more about the dialysis modalities and what each one may offer you.
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