What You Need to Know About Kidney Disease
Richard Cline, MD
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Unfortunately, as with a number of other diseases, the vast majority of people do not feel and/or recognize the first symptoms. When it comes to kidneys, they typically don’t complain.
Healthy kidneys are high functioning and do many important jobs to keep the body in balance and control the chemistries of the blood. They control how much volume, i.e., salt water the body contains; they also regulate the concentration of minerals in the blood such as potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. When we eat, digest, and then metabolize food, the kidneys excrete organic acids. Another important function is the production of hormones to regulate blood pressure and stimulate the production of red blood cells. The kidneys convert vitamin D to its final, active molecule.
If you or a loved one has a family history of kidney problems, are experiencing high blood pressure, weakening bones, anemia, or are concerned about your kidneys’ health, I invite you to join me on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in the Portneuf Medical Center Pebble Creek Conference Room. The seminar, “Kidneys Don’t Complain,” is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6pm; presentation will begin at 6:30. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is preferred; please call 208-239-2033 to reserve a seat or register for this community seminar at Portneuf.org/event.
Although kidneys don’t complain, they are vital to the way our bodies function and key to maintaining good health. By partnering closely with your doctor, and your primary care provider, early kidney care is more beneficial than most people realize. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms or if you have a family history of kidney disease, please contact my office, Portneuf Medical Group at 208-239-3899.
Dr. Richard Cline is board certified in both Nephrology and Internal Medicine. He has focused much of his practice on providing care and medical management for patients with some of the most complex of medical needs including: kidney failure, chronic kidney disease and end stage kidney disease, difficult to manage high blood pressure, pre- and post-transplant and cardiorenal syndrome.