Nurse Ruth describes what kidneys do in the body and their main functions.
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The Role of the Kidneys Ruth Gray: The kidneys in your body function to remove waste products, waste material from your body. They also are doing a number of other things. They regulate fluid in your body. They play a big role in the red cell development which is the blood of course. And that they produce a hormone called “Erythropoietin”. And when your kidneys don’t function up to par, we then have to talk about medications that we have in-center and also, you would be taken at home as well as the treatment part of it. So, if your kidneys don’t remove toxic waste and they don’t produce the hormones that you need and they have a problem with fluid, then you have a dialyzer on your machine which takes out the toxic waste material and as by molecule size. And then you have fluid removal at the same time for excess fluid that you’ve accumulated in your body. Then, when you’re talking about the hormones in that part of the red cell production and you now are taking Erythropoietin or Epogen as we called it in-center. You’re also taking some calcium products, some Vitamin D, all to help with the bones and the red cell production. We do talk about when you’re training, we have a large section on that that opens up a lot of discussion and you learn much more about how your body functions, especially the kidneys.

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