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What do your kidneys do?

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Healthy kidneys:

  • Keep a balance of water and minerals (such as sodium, potassium, and phosphorus) in your blood
  • Remove waste from your blood after digestion, muscle activity, and exposure to chemicals or medications
  • Make renin, which your body uses to help manage your blood pressure
  • Make a chemical called erythropoietin, which prompts your body to make red blood cells
  • Make an active form of vitamin D, needed for bone health and other things

From: Kidney Disease WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. 

National Library of Medicine. 

National Kidney Disease Education Program.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. 

National Library of Medicine. 

National Kidney Disease Education Program.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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