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Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs. Each one is about the size of your fist. They are part of your internal organs. They are located in the back on either side of your spine.
Your kidneys are protected by your ribs.
The kidneys do three main things in your body:
High blood pressure and diabetes can lead to kidney problems. These include kidney infections and chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease means that for some time your kidneys have not been working the way they should.
Some medicines can also lead to kidney damage.
Other kidney problems include kidney stones and kidney cancer.
Many kidney problems come from other conditions. These include high blood pressure and diabetes. If you take steps to manage these, your kidneys can be healthier.
A healthy lifestyle may help prevent kidney problems:
Doing these things may also lower your risk for kidney cancer.
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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