BY: PAMELA STERN
March is National Kidney Month. Healthy kidneys have an important function in the body; they remove waste products, help make red blood cells, filter your blood, keep the right amount of fluids in the body, and help control your blood pressure. Kidney damage could be the result of a physical injury or from a disease like diabetes, high blood pressure or other health issues.
If you have kidney disease your primary physician will send you to a nephrologist (kidney specialist), and he/she will advise you on your medical condition and the next steps that you need to take. Early detection can help slow or even stop kidney disease from progressing. If your kidney disease gets worse it can lead to kidney failure. If your kidneys fail you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, these are four major risks for kidney disease:
*Diabetes (self or family history) *High Blood Pressure (self or family history)
*Cardiovascular disease (self or family)
*Family history of kidney disease or diabetes or high blood pressure