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Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fists. They are located near the middle of your back, just below the rib cage. Inside each kidney about a million tiny structures called nephrons filter blood. They remove waste products and extra water, which become urine. The urine flows through tubes called ureters to your bladder, which stores the urine until you go to the bathroom.

Most kidney diseases attack the nephrons. This damage may leave kidneys unable to remove wastes. Causes can include genetic problems, injuries, or medicines. You are at greater risk for kidney disease if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a close family member with kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease damages the nephrons slowly over several years. Other kidney problems include:

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  1. Kidney Diseases (National Library of Medicine)  
    Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fists. They are located near the middle of your back, just below the rib cage. Inside ...
  2. Kidney Cysts (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... cyst is a fluid-filled sac. There are two types of kidney cysts. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) runs in families. In ...
  3. ... are damaged. How will I be checked for kidney disease? Two tests are used to check for kidney disease. ... means being active and taking medicines as prescribed. 2. Get checked for kidney disease. The sooner you know you have kidney disease, ...
  4. ... are damaged. How will I be checked for kidney disease? Two tests are used to check for kidney disease. A blood test checks your GFR, which tells ...
  5. Family Reunion Health Guide From the National Institutes of Health (National Diabetes Education Program) - PDF  
    ... on-one with family members at risk for kidney disease 2. Conducting a 15-minute Make the Kidney Connection ... to talk with your health care provider about kidney disease testing. 2. Hi family! Be sure to maintain a healthy ...
  6. Kidney Disease of Diabetes From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... People with diabetes should be screened regularly for kidney disease. The two key markers for kidney disease are eGFR and ... lower blood pressure can slow the progression of kidney disease significantly. Two types of drugs, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors ...
  7. High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... pressure can also significantly slow the progression of kidney disease. Two types of blood pressure-lowering medications, angiotensin-converting ... been shown effective in slowing the progression of kidney disease. Many people require two or more medications to control their blood pressure. ...
  8. Henoch-Schönlein Purpura From the National Institutes of Health (National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse)  
    ... and can also significantly slow the progression of kidney disease. Two types of blood pressure lowering medications, angiotensin-converting ... have proven effective in slowing the progression of kidney disease. Many people require two or more medications to control their blood pressure. ...
  9. Lupus Nephritis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... and can also significantly slow the progression of kidney disease. Two types of blood pressure lowering medications, angiotensin-converting ... have proven effective in slowing the progression of kidney disease. Many people require two or more medications to control their blood pressure. ...
  10. Solitary Kidney From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... pressure can also significantly slow the progression of kidney disease. Two types of blood pressure–lowering medications, angiotensin-converting ... have proven effective in slowing the progression of kidney disease. Many people require two or more medications to control their blood pressure. ...
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