Kidney health for life
The kidneys are an essential part of the human urinary system. The kidneys remove uremic waste products from the blood, thereby cleansing it before allowing it to recycle into the body. The kidneys also produce three vital hormones, erythropoietin (EPO), which helps create red blood cells in bones, renin, which regulates blood pressure; and vitamin D, which helps regulate and supply essential calcium for healthy bones.
Taking good care of your kidneys means taking good care of your life, and the nephrology specialists at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) are dedicated to keeping patients informed and aware of often subtle changes in the health and operability of their kidneys.
SJMO doctors are trained in diagnosing and treating chronic kidney diseases (CKD) such as:
- Kidney stones.
- Kidney cancer.
- Polycystic kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease and African Americans
If you are African American, you may be at an increased risk of acquiring chronic kidney disease which if unchecked has the possibility of leading to renal failure and the necessity of dialysis or possibly kidney transplant. Please talk to your SJMO doctor about your risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD.)
Kidney disorders can lead to other difficulties as well, some more threatening than others, in the form of affected vision, anemia, poor nutrition, diabetes and stress.
High blood pressure is a kidney disease culprit
It's worth knowing that high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure. It's also worth knowing that onr out of six American adults has high blood pressure. To see if you're one of those at risk, consult your doctor or call SJMO at 800-372-6094.