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Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) often suffer from anemia, an insufficiency of red blood cells. Anemia results when failing kidneys do not make enough of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO). EPO stimulates bone marrow to produce red blood cells needed … Continue reading
I am a nurse who had my left kidney removed after four years of hell. I knew something was wrong with me when I began hearing thumping in my ears. It wasn’t constant, and I suspected it was high blood … Continue reading
Your kidneys have three important functions. These functions are to: Filter wastes and extra water from your blood plasma, which: keeps blood volume stable; helps regulate blood pressure; and eliminates harmful nitrogen-containing products and toxins Regulate the body’s level of … Continue reading
Renin (REE-nin). The nephrons in the kidneys secrete renin to help regulate blood pressure and water balance. Blood pressure inside the nephrons is higher than in other parts of the body to force wastes from the blood during the filtering … Continue reading
Inside the renal cortex and renal medulla of each kidney are over 1 million nephrons (NEF-rons). Nephrons carry out nearly all of the kidneys’ functions. They are microscopic units that filter unwanted chemicals from your blood plasma (the liquid part … Continue reading