This section takes a close look at the kidneys and how they function. Every bit as important as your heart and lungs, your kidneys are essential to how you feel and the quality of your life. You’ll find information to help you understand how lifestyle changes and other treatment choices will help to support your kidneys, now that they are not as able to perform their functions as well as they used to. The kidneys are the key to your body’s filtration system, cleaning wastes from your blood and removing extra fluid. In addition to removing waste, your kidneys also balance the levels of important minerals your body needs to function. Last, the kidneys produce hormones, chemicals that act as the body’s messengers, and help control blood pressure, aid in red blood cell production, and keep your bones strong.

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