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Know the symptoms of chronic kidney disease

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It’s a seldom talked-about disease, but 26 million American adults have chronic kidney disease and millions of others are at increased risk.

We have two kidneys, each about the size of your fist. The kidneys are part of your urinary tract and, when functioning properly, perform the vital function of filtering the blood and removing waste and excess salt and water from the body. They also regulate the body's chemical balance, help control blood pressure, make hormones, help keep bones healthy and help make red blood cells.

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