Every time you take a drink of water, your kidneys thank you. That’s because the more water you drink, the easier it is for your kidneys to do their job. Your kidneys help filter toxins out of your body to keep you in good health.
When your kidneys are damaged, it causes toxins to build up in your body, which may cause other problems with your health and lead to kidney disease. Right now, over 20 million people in the United States have kidney disease and even more have risk factors.
The main risk factors for kidney disease are:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Family history of kidney disease or kidney failure
- High blood pressure
The most common causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. If you have these conditions, your kidneys could be slowly damaged over many years without you noticing any symptoms.
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