In humans, the kidneys are two small organs located near the vertebral column at the small of the back. The left kidney lies a little higher than the right kidney. They are bean-shaped, about 4 in. (10 cm) long and about 21/2 in. (6.4 cm) wide.
The kidneys have a couple of different functions. The main purpose of the kidney is to separate urea, mineral salts, toxins, and other waste products from the blood. The kidneys also conserve water, salts, and electrolytes. At least one kidney must function properly for life to be maintained.
The main purpose of the kidneys is to filter and reprocess blood. It's an extremely complex process and cannot simply be likened to a strainer. Wastes and extra water are removed to become urine, which flows from the kidneys to the bladder to be excreted whenever we feel the need to urinate. But the normal proteins and cells of the bloodstream that we need are returned back to the blood. In this way, the kidneys regulate the body's levels of many substances, sometimes keeping them to a very narrow, normal range.
But the kidneys also are important for other reasons. The kidneys release three hormones: one that stimulates the bone marrow to produce red blood cells, another that helps regulate blood pressure, and the third is actually the active form of vitamin D, which helps maintain calcium levels.
Patients (with diabetes and high blood pressure) will have tests that check "kidney function." This is done to know how efficiently the kidneys are filtering and reabsorbing. Fortunately, a decline of 30 to 40 percent of kidney function is not a problem. It's when function declines to the 25 percent level that serious health problems arise.
So it makes sense to protect the kidneys as much as possible. Diabetes and high blood pressure are two of the most common conditions that severely impact proper, healthy kidney function. High sugar levels in diabetes directly damages the microscopic filtering cells of the kidneys while high blood pressure damages the microscopic blood vessels of the kidneys.
So if you are diabetic or have high blood pressure, make certain you are controlling the conditions with proper dietary changes, and taking medications as indicated. And as always, quit cigarettes and get plenty of exercise and good quality restful sleep.
Kidneys and Diabetes
Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure, accounting for more than 40 percent of new cases. High blood pressure or hypertension is a major factor in the development of kidney problems in people with diabetes.
For every illness there is a corresponding emotional root cause that must be dealt with:
· Extension of bladder but more severe
· Insensitive to situations where caring & concern should be exhibited
· Trying to control life
· Being disloyal to self
· Being over judgmental
· Deep subconscious resentments toward people & experiences of the past
· Repressed emotions
· Leaving your self out to please someone else
· Hardened anger
· Poor relationship with self & others
Replace every negative emotion with a positive emotion.
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