What Is Kidney Disease?

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Your kidneys play an essential role in your body, cleaning waste products and toxins out of your blood to keep it (and you) healthy. Sometimes, however, due to a health condition, infection or number of other potential causes, your kidneys may start to lose their ability to function properly. When this happens, it means you have kidney disease. Learning what kidney disease is, how it can affect you and what treatment options exist can help you understand how to maintain your health and advocate for yourself while living with this condition.