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How Kidneys Work

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Function of the Kidneys:

The kidneys maintain proper blood composition by regulating water, protein, and electrolyte levels. When waste material is detected in the blood, the kidneys filter it and pass it on to the bladder.

Fast Facts


The kidneys sit just below the rib cage toward the back of your body on the right and left side


Each kidney is roughly the size of your fist


In one day, your kidneys filter almost 115 liters of blood and produce up to 2 liters of waste in the form of urine


Males are twice as likely to have MCD as females.


If MCD does not recur for three years, there is a good chance that it will not return.

Nephrotic Syndrome…

occurs when glomeruli become damaged, allowing key proteins to leave the body

Protein Loss…

Upsets the balance of the blood chemistry and results in swelling, malnutrition, and proteinuria

Left untreated Nephrotic Syndrome can progressively and permanently damage the kidneys and lead to complete kidney failure

Support

Get help coping with the challenges of living with FSGS through support groups like NephCure. Learn more about our how we can support you.

Nutrition

Eat a diet low in salt and processed foods to manage your blood pressure and reduce strain on your kidneys. Learn more about a kidney-friendly diet and get our cookbook.

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