Get to know your kidneys
While most people have two kidneys, some people are born with only one — or even three! Your kidneys help keep your body healthy in many ways. Located on either side of your spine just below your ribcage, these small but mighty organs are mainly known for filtering waste and excess fluid from your blood, but they’re also in charge of:
- Producing vitamin D
- Activating the production of red blood cells
- Balancing levels of acid, salt and minerals
- Releasing hormones that help control blood pressure
Symptoms of kidney disease
If your kidneys become damaged, excess fluids and toxins can build up to dangerous levels and you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Mental fogginess
- Metal/ammonia-like taste in mouth
- Changes in how much you urinate
What happens next?
Receiving a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) or end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) can be overwhelming and accompanied by fear and uncertainty, but we’re here to help you clearly see your next steps and be optimistic about the road ahead.