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Our Kidneys are an integral part of the Urinary System. Kidneys are bean-shaped organs located towards your back, just below the rib cage, on each side of the spine.

The Kidneys primarily function as a filter that removes toxins & waste from our body. Apart from this, it also plays an important role in Hormone regulation.

How does the Kidney Function?

Through the renal artery, unfiltered blood flows into the kidneys & then filtered blood exists through the renal vein. Whereas, the urine is carried from the ureter to the bladder.

It is estimated that your kidneys filter around 150 quarts of blood each day. A majority of water and other substances that filter through the glomeruli are returned to the blood by the tubules. Only one to two quarts become urine.

What are Kidney Diseases ?

When the kidneys start functioning below their normal capacity, kidney diseases start occurring . It can be caused due to any immediate factor (injury/excessive toxins) or any long-standing condition (High blood pressure/Diabetes).

(Dehydration is a major risk factor for Kidney Stone Diseases)

What are the various stages of Kidney Disease?

Based on the functioning capacity of our Kidneys, there are 5 different stages of kidney disease. Starting from less severe & concluding at End-stage kidney disease or Kidney Failure, requiring either Dialysis or Transplant.

What is the glomerular filtration rate (GFR)?

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a measurement of how well the kidneys are performing their function of Blood filtration. It is used to determine the exact stage of your kidney disease.

What are the causes of Kidney Disease?

When the Kidneys gradually lose their function, it causes Chronic Kidney disease, which needs long-term intervention.

The main causes of Chronic Kidney Diseases include:

  • The main causes of Chronic Kidney Diseases include:
  • Diabetes.
  • Chronic Glomerulonephritis.
  • Chronic Tubulointerstitia disease (including stone disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease).

What Should you do?

  • The best way to prevent yourself from Kidney Disease is early intervention.
  • Drink at least 8-12 glasses of water/liquid per day
  • Avoid Over The Counter pain killers & taking them without any prescription.
  • Keep your HbA1c levels in check, also Diabetes & Blood Pressure control should be done with proper medicines.
  • Consulting an Expert Nephrologist is the best way forward.
  • Additionally, any individual above the age of 50 years, must regularly undergo a regular health checkup for Kidney Disease & other associated conditions such as Diabetes & High Blood Pressure.