Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)

If you are a member of the kidney community – whether as a patient, caregiver, advocate or knowledge seeker – it is likely that you have come across the term “Glomerular Filtration Rate” or more commonly, the GFR. Perhaps you are also aware that this term broadly relates to your kidney’s functional capacity.

GFR Kidney But do you completely understand what GFR really is?

GFR Kidney How does your medical team clinically assess the GFR for your kidneys?

GFR Kidney How valid is it throughout your CKD journey?

GFR Kidney And is it always indicative of the true health status of your kidneys?

All these are some very pertinent questions that each member of the Kidney Community, especially the patients & caregivers must thoroughly know the answers to. And that is exactly what we are here to help you with, today. Continue reading “Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)”

Healthy Kidneys prevent Blood & Protein in Urine. But how?!

Protein blood barrier

Normally, Urine produced by healthy kidneys is a cocktail of toxic waste products of cellular metabolism, a host of minerals, salts, smelly organic compounds & excess water. (Find the complete normal urine composition here). These components begin to get together to form Urine once healthy kidney micro-filters “strain” our blood through themselves. These micro-filters are uber-selective with what they “let-out” into the urine. This is such that, all blood cells & “plasma” proteins remain in the bloodstream while the wastes & excesses purge themselves out.

But what makes these Kidney Micro-filters that selective against leakage of blood cells & protein in urine?

LET’S DISSECT!

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Meet Kidneys: Your in-house Biochemist!

Hello there! We are your Kidneys and we love to drink your blood! Haha!!

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Image 1: Creative Illustration of Human Kidneys; Copyright: www.allthingskidney.com

 

 Just “Kidney”-ing! There is a lot of interesting material written about us from the human perspective, both in print and electronic media. But we kidneys believe that adding our own perspective to such a knowledge base is critical to complete the kidney-facts repository in the real sense. So let’s begin with the absolute basics, shall we?

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Love Thy Kidneys!

I have been thinking about this for a while now. How would it be, if we decided to assign a gender to our organs based on their “inherent nature”. Without hesitation, I’ll call our kidneys, female.

Somewhat like our Mums actually! (Yeah, you read that right).

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This cute, smooth, bean-shaped major organ-pair is:

1. Kidneys “Effortlessly multitasking”

2. “Hygiene-conscious”

3. Kidneys “Meticulous”

4. “Complex yet super-organized”

5. Kidneys “Layered & difficult to understand at times”

6. Kidneys “Fantastically resilient to all external stress” (up until it gets unbearable of course)

and above all

7. kidneys “Holds the entire organ-family from “falling apart”

 

All quintessential mommy traits eh?Welcome Smiley kidneys in ATK

Time to bring kidneys to the limelight for all she’s worth then?

So, watch this space for more to obtain a medically accurate understanding of this beautiful but highly underrated organ.

 

In this portal, you will find: –

GreenTick Haemodialysis www.allthingskidney.comKidney health tips

GreenTick Haemodialysis www.allthingskidney.comKidney-friendly diets

GreenTick Haemodialysis www.allthingskidney.com An insight into various kidney diseases  

GreenTick Haemodialysis www.allthingskidney.comExplanation of commonly used terms in Nephrology

GreenTick Haemodialysis www.allthingskidney.com Understand your medication, dialysis & organ transplant procedures

GreenTick Haemodialysis www.allthingskidney.comThe latest kidney research bytes  

GreenTick Haemodialysis www.allthingskidney.comInformation regarding what works and how; what doesn’t work and why not  

 

What are you waiting for?

Explore https://www.allthingskidney.com today.

Unleash the power of knowing. Beat the apprehension/confusion/ignorance surrounding kidneys in health & disease.

Stay well, all of you!

 


 

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