One in nine Americans – or approximately 20 million people – suffers from one of several forms of chronic kidney/renal disease according to the National Kidney Foundation. Another 20 million face an increased risk. For more information or referral to an urologist, call 1.844.BSWDOCS.
Kidney disease is any disease or disorder that affects the function of the kidneys. Kidneys filter the blood, removing waste from the body and helping maintain its proper chemical balance. In addition, the kidneys produce:
- Rennin, a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure
- Erythropoietin, a hormone that stimulates the production of red blood cells
- Vitamin D, which the body needs to absorb calcium
Many medical conditions, diseases or injuries can lead to a loss of kidney function or even chronic kidney failure.
Because the warning signs of kidney disease can remain silent for years, it's important that you get regular checkups, especially if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. If you have some of the symptoms of kidney disease, your physician may order blood tests and a kidney biopsy test to assist in your diagnosis.