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Your kidney is always communicating with the rest of your body, so it's important to understand what it is saying. It performs such a crucial role in the body that if it becomes impaired, the consequences could be dire.
Most people are born with two, but it is entirely possible to survive (without any major health problems) with a single healthy kidney. This bean-shaped organ is multi-functional and versatile. It plays a major role in achieving and maintaining optimized health, and plays a crucial role in maintaining homeostasis.
Its primary function is to remove harmful toxins from the blood and expel them from the body, via the urine. It is also responsible for performing some other very important functions such as regulating blood pressure, producing some vital hormones and regulating certain other biological functions.
According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), just over 100,000 solid organ transplants are performed every year, worldwide. Of this figure, approximately 69,400 are renal transplants; 20,200 are liver transplants; 5,400 are heart transplants; 3,400 are lung transplants and 2,400 are pancreas transplants.
Globally, renal transplants account for almost 70% of all solid organ transplants. This makes the kidney the most sought after organ in the entire world. These statistics are quite alarming!
Astonishingly, the approximately 69,400 annual renal transplants only represent a mere 10% of the estimated need... And with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, these figures are growing rapidly.
Very often, chronic kidney problems are caused by poor dietary and lifestyle choices, which can be prevented by making simple changes to diet and avoiding certain harmful lifestyle practices.
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Thank you for visiting this website, where our main goal is to provide pertinent kidney information, to educate and empower everyone to "listen to their kidney".
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