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Every day, your kidneys filter about 30 gallons of blood to remove about two quarts of extra water and waste products. The waste products in your blood come from the food you eat and the use of your muscles. This waste and extra water make up your urine. Your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra make up your urinary tract. Urine travels to your bladder through your ureters. Your urine exits through your urethra when you urinate.

Some of your kidneys’ other job functions include:
Controlling the chemicals and fluids in your body
Helping control your blood pressure
Keeping your bones healthy
Helping make red blood cells

Kidney disease is most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure. Kidney stones are among the most common kidney problems, usually caused by a buildup of certain minerals that clump together inside your kidneys. Other conditions include:

Polycystic kidney disease: a genetic disease that causes many cysts to grow in the kidneys.
Glomerulonephritis: a disease causing irritation to the tiny filters (glomeruli) in your kidneys.
Acute kidney injury: kidney failure that happens suddenly, often because of injuries, major blood loss or  reactions to some medicines.
Lupus and IgA Nephropathy: Autoimmune diseases in which your immune system attacks your own body.
Kidney cancer: tumors that grow inside your kidneys.

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to lifesaving medical care, including direct financial assistance for dialysis and transplantation; and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it with community outreach and educational resources.
The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.

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