Are You the 33 Percent? The National Kidney Foundation wants to know, and help

They are not something most of us think about, that is, until something goes wrong. They filter 53 gallons of blood per day, remove toxins and excess volume from your blood, and help control other things like blood pressure and hemoglobin counts. They are our kidneys: two fist-sized bean-shaped organs that keep you healthy by making sure your blood remains in metabolic balance. Once a patient approaches kidney failure, we hope to get them a kidney transplant, but the reality is that the majority of patients undergo dialysis simply because there are not enough donated kidneys to go around. Either dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed to survive once kidney function is so poor that it needs replacement therapy.

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