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Do You Know What Your Kidneys Do for Your Health?

Shaped like beans, your kidneys are two organs about the size of your fist that are located just below your ribs. Though it is possible to live without one of your kidneys, they actually play a major role in your overall health.

What do the kidneys do?

The kidney’s main function is to remove waste and excess water from the blood that comes from the food you eat. Once your body takes what it needs from the food you eat to create energy, the excess food is sent to your blood. 

This excess waste and water in your blood is then turned into urine and the urine flows from the kidneys to the bladder and through the ureters. Without your kidneys to remove the waste, it can build up within the blood and be damaging to your health.

Other functions of the kidneys include:

  • Controlling blood pressure
  • Making red blood cells
  • Keeping bones healthy
  • Controlling pH levels

Why are they so important?

While it is possible to live with just one of your kidneys, or even none with dialysis, these two organs are vital to your overall health because they play an important role in maintaining the health of your body and other organs.

According to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), the kidneys are organs that are extremely important, however, aren’t given much attention until they are damaged. Research from the NKF, has shown that kidney disease causes more deaths than breast cancer or prostate cancer and is considered the under-recognized public health crisis with about 1 in 7 American adults estimated to have chronic kidney disease.

How do I keep my kidneys healthy?

Chronic kidney disease is considered to be a very serious silent killer, but there are steps that can be taken to help reduce your risk of developing kidney disease and keeping your kidneys healthy.

  • Stay active. Staying active and fit can help you manage your blood pressure. High blood pressure is one of the main causes of kidney problems and when your blood pressure is too high it puts a lot of stress on your kidneys.
  • Control your blood sugar. Keeping your blood sugar under control is important because when your body’s cells can’t use the sugar in your blood, the kidneys are over-worked to filter the blood.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking doesn't only damage the lungs, it can also damage blood vessels. When blood vessels are damaged it can decrease the flow of blood in the kidneys. This then causes the kidneys to not function properly and increases the risk of high blood pressure as well as the risk of kidney cancer.
  • Eat healthy. Eating healthy is a great way to stay healthy overall and helps to maintain a healthy body weight and maintains your blood sugar levels and blood pressure. It also reduces your risk of producing conditions that can lead to kidney damage like diabetes and heart disease.
  • Assess your risk. Chronic kidney disease is considered a silent killer because it is typically not detected until it is already in advanced stages of the disease. Therefore, it is important to know your risk of kidney disease and other health concerns like high blood pressure or cardiovascular issues that can lead to kidney disease.

Talking to your doctor about your health history and your family's health history is one step to know your risks. There are also non-invasive diagnostic tests that can help you understand your health and aide in making informed decisions to leading a healthy lifestyle.

At Fibronostics, our passion for non-invasive digital diagnostics drives us towards creating solutions that allow you to monitor risk and detect disease, with the goal of eventually forgoing the traditional biopsies and scans currently common practice.

That’s why we developed the LiverFASt™ family of tests for monitoring risk and detecting disease in your liver – the largest organ in your body connected to many common health risks. Allow us to help you understand the health of your liver so that you can stay ahead of the silent killer of Liver Disease and live a happy, healthy life!

Contact us via email, or by phone at 1-888-552-1603 today to learn more about our LiverFASt™ family of diagnostic tests.

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