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Kidney function

Also called: renal function

Although kidneys are relatively small (each one is about the size of your fist), when they are healthy, they process 100% of the body’s blood supply about every 5 minutes.

Kidneys also perform many important functions. They clean waste from the blood, manage fluid in the body, control blood pressure, make red blood cells and balance acidity and mineral composition.

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