March is National Kidney Month
Velocity Care has information that you need to know about your kidneys and how to keep them healthy for March’s National Kidney Month and into the future.
What is the function of a kidney?
The kidneys are located on either side of the lower back and are about the size of your fist. They act as your body’s filtration system, removing waste from just over 50 gallons of blood each day. When your kidneys are functioning properly, they keep your blood clean, regulate your blood pressure, help with the production of red blood cells, remove drugs and toxins from the body and regulate the amount of fluids and minerals in the body. They are very important organs in the maintenance of good health, and if our kidneys begin to fail, our bodies can suffer serious consequences – even death.
What is kidney disease?
More than 26 million Americans have kidney disease, and it is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. When a kidney begins to lose its ability to properly filter blood, waste products quickly build up in the body, and if not treated, the kidneys may stop working and shut down completely. A kidney shutting down (also known as renal failure) could happen for many different reasons. An injury, severe infection, long-term drug use (both prescription or “street” drugs), diabetes, high blood pressure or certain immune system diseases could put you at higher risk for kidney disease.
What are the symptoms of kidney disease?
Some common symptoms of kidney disease are:
- Swelling of the legs, feet, face or around the eyes.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Passing only small amounts of urine.
- Increase in blood pressure.
- Breath that has a urine-like smell.
The importance of National Kidney Month
National Kidney Month aims to bring awareness to these two small, but important organs and promote education on how to keep your kidneys healthy. Visit the National Kidney Foundation’s website to participate in events near you and to offer support for those living with kidney disease.
If you have concerns about the health of your kidneys or feel you may be at high risk for kidney disease, our doctors at Velocity Care are here to help you. Stop by one of our walk-in clinics today or visit www.velocitycare.com/locations to find the location nearest you.
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