How much do you know about your kidneys?


Dr. Rodgers talks about the importance of your kidneys and provides tips for keeping them healthy.

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Did you know a kidney is made up of 1 million little filters and does many other important things?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Your kidneys have a lot of work to do. Every day, your kidneys filter as much as 150 quarts of blood to produce about 1 to 2 quarts of urine. In addition to removing waste and extra fluids from your body, your kidneys make hormones that help control your blood pressure, make red blood cells, and help your bones stay strong.

Take steps to keep your kidneys healthy.

  • Keep your blood pressure at the target set by your doctor
  • Cut back on salt
  • Eat foods that are healthy, such as fruits and vegetables
  • Find ways to be more physically active, and
  • Lose weight if you are overweight.

These steps help keep the rest of your body healthy too.

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