How Long Can You Live With One Kidney?
Kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs on either side of your spine,below your ribs and behind your belly. Each kidney is about 4 or 5 inches long, roughly the size of a large fist.The kidneys' job is to filter your blood. They remove wastes, control the body's fluid balance and keep the right levels of electrolytes,all of the blood in your body passes through them several times a day.
How can you live without one of your kidneys?
This is an excellent question, especially because kidney disease and kidney transplants are so common,most humans are born with two kidneys as the functional components of what is called the renal system, which also includes two ureters, a bladder and a urethra. The kidneys have many functions including regulating blood pressure, producing red blood cells, activating vitamin D and producing some glucose. A person may be born with one kidney,have two kidneys but only one functional or lose one kidney to a disease, such as kidney cancer.People who donate one of their kidneys have a solitary kidney.
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