Doctor’s Tip: Chronic kidney disease common but not normal

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Each of your two kidneys has around a million filtering units, called glomeruli, which filter about 200 quarts of blood a day. Your kidneys maintain water balance in the body; help maintain normal blood pressure; get rid of urea, uric acid, toxins, and other wastes via urine; activate vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium; maintain normal body pH; maintain balance of electrolytes such as potassium, sodium and calcium, which is critical for normal heart rhythm; and release erythropoietin, which tells bone marrow to make red blood cells. Because of the amazing functions the kidneys perform automatically, we used …
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