Your kidneys do a lot! They help to control your blood pressure, make urine, remove wastes from your blood, and help your body to make red blood cells.

Two of the best things that you can do for your kidneys are to maintain good blood sugar and blood pressure numbers. Regular exams can help you keep track of these numbers.

Only about 10 percent of kidney conditions are hereditary.

You should plan to see a specialist if you notice any concerning symptoms. Only a doctor’s expertise can rule out more serious problems. For example, kidney stones can cause long-term kidney obstruction, which can actually lead to kidney failure.

In its early stages, there are no symptoms of kidney cancer. However, symptoms can develop over time and may include poor appetite, fatigue, back pain, and blood in urine.