Kidney Function: Part 2
In the last article, we started to look at the various functions of the kidney as well as what they do for your body. In this article, we will continue to look at more of these functions, so you will have a better idea of just what these amazing organs are doing for you and why it is so important to care for them properly.
They balance the acids and bases along with the lungs. They ensure that the pH level in the body is stable. The lungs help with this through the regulation of carbon dioxide. The kidneys actually have a couple of roles. They re-absorb and regenerate bio-carbonate from urine. They also excrete hydrogen ions and fixed acids, turning them into urine, which they then excrete.
The kidneys help to regulate the blood pressure as well. When someone has high blood pressure, it could indicate that there is something wrong with the kidneys. It means that there is too much sodium chloride in the system. The kidneys help to regulate this and provide balance of the renin levels to keep the blood pressure at the right levels.
Kidneys secrete a number of different types of hormones as well, including erythropoietin. This helps to boost the production of red blood cells in bone marrow. It also produces calcitriol to help the intestines absorb calcium, and more.
As you can see, the kidneys are very important, and they are more than just filters for the body. Keeping the kidneys in good working order is very important. Those who have high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of kidney problems should make sure they get proper and regular testing for their kidney functions. It is better to realize there is a problem early rather than waiting until there is serious kidney damage.
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