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  • Understanding kidney function

    What do the Kidneys do?

    The kidneys are bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist. They are located near the middle of the back, just below the rib cage, one on each side of the spine. The kidneys are sophisticated reprocessing machines... Read more

  • Why do kidneys fail?

    Most kidney diseases attack the nephrons, causing them to lose their filtering capacity. Damage to the nephrons can happen quickly, often as the result of injury or poisoning... Read more

  • How do kidneys fail?

    Many factors that influence the speed of kidney failure are not completely understood. Researchers are still studying how protein in the diet and cholesterol levels in the blood affect kidney function... Read more

  • How do we detect kidney disease?

    What medical tests detect kidney disease?

    Because a person can have kidney disease without any symptoms, a doctor may first detect the condition through routine blood and urine tests. The National Kidney Foundation recommends... Read more

  • Treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease

    What can be done about Chronis Kidney Disease (CKD)?

    Unfortunately, CKD often cannot be cured. But people in the early stages of CKD may be able to make their kidneys last longer by taking certain steps... Read more

  • Chronic Kidney Diease

    What are the stages of CKD?

    A person's eGFR is the best indicator of how well the kidneys are working. An eGFR of 90 or above is considered normal. A person whose eGFR stays below 60 for 3 months or longer has CKD... Read more