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The function of the kidneys

The kidneys have a number of vital roles in the body. Without functioning kidneys it is only possible to survive with renal dialysis. Good renal function is an imperative part of good overall health.

When kidney function deteriorates, patients can develop numerous problems:

  • Fatigue
  • Anaemia – low blood count
  • Oedema – swelling due to fluid retention
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight loss
  • Confusion and memory loss
  • Vomiting
  • Itchiness
  • Heart rhythm problems