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Know Your Kidneys

Just how well do you know your kidneys? There are many common misconceptions about kidneys that people have. Let us set the record straight:

When the kidneys fail, urine production is affected.

One of the main functions of the kidneys is to filter the blood, removing toxins and extra fluids to make urine. Kidney patients may have little to no urine output at all.

Back pain means that my kidneys are failing.

Back pain might be a result of a kidney infection, kidney stones or other conditions. It is not necessarily a symptom of kidney failure. Nevertheless, it is best to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Kidney failure is rare and uncommon in Singapore.

Singapore has one of the highest rates of kidney failure in the world! In fact, Singapore ranks one of the highest in the world for diabetes-induced kidney failure and is fourth in the world for prevalence of kidney failure*. These alarming statistics make it all the more important for us to educate ourselves on kidney health.

*Source: USRDS 2018

I am not at risk of kidney failure as long as I watch my salt intake.

The two leading causes of kidney failure in Singapore are diabetes and hypertension. While having a balanced and healthy diet is essential for good health, there are other predictive factors such as having a family history of kidney disease that are out of your control. Hence, it is best to have health screenings regularly.

Test your kidney knowledge here!


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The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is deeply committed to journeying with patients every step of the way in their treatment and rehabilitative care, advocating kidney health to prevent kidney failure and making a difference in the renal landscape, to benefit the community.

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