Healthy kidneys provide for a long life Healthy kidneys provide for a long life

Understanding how your kidneys work can help keep them healthy.

The National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease Institute explains that these organs (kidneys) are bean shaped, and are located close to the middle part of the back, right beneath the ribs, on each side of the spinal column. They process around 190 liters of blood each day to eliminate about 2 liters of waste and excess water that then becomes urine and is stored in the bladder until the person discharges them when entering the restroom.

After the body takes what it needs from food, waste matter is sent to the blood. If the kidneys do not eliminate it accumulates in the blood affecting kidney function and possibly generating changes in the quality of life.

The following information graph shows a general view of kidney health in Colombia.

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