Expert clinic on kidney matters
The Urology Foundation and talkhealth teamed up to offer an online expert clinic on kidney matters.
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that sit below the ribs towards the middle of the back. They are vital for good health: their main job is to clean the blood by removing excess water and waste and passing them out of the body in the form of urine. Narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. They make sure blood pressure is stable and that there is a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood. They also produce hormones that help build strong bones and form red blood cells. When a kidney is not working properly waste products such as salts can build up inside the body and cause health problems. These can become serious or even life-threatening.
Leading experts Joe Philp and Ken Anson joined the clinic to give advice and information and to provide you with an opportunity to ask questions about any concerns you might have about your kidney health, from stones to cancer, as well as possibly asking for self-care tips to keep their kidneys working at their best.
They answered your questions on Thursday 25 February, which are available to view in the clinic forum by clicking here
The Urology Foundation is the only UK charity committed to ending the suffering caused by all urology disease so people can live their lives well. We work to ensure that those with a cancer or condition of the kidney, bladder, prostate or male reproductive organs can have access to the best patient care and the very latest treatments. We do this through the investment of urology research and specialist urologist and nurse training to achieve our mission of preventing, treating and, one day, curing all urological diseases.