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Donor kidneys discarded as 5,000 sit on waiting list die

Nearly 5,000 people in the United States and more than 3,000 people in Europe die each year while waiting for a kidney transplant. Yet, in the United States, over 3,500 donated kidneys are thrown away every year.


A recent study looked at deceased donors and compared U.S. rates with France, according to WSAV3 news. France has less restrictive guidelines for deceased kidney donors, including a 56-year-old donor age limit. The donor age limit in the U.S. is 39.

The number of discarded donor kidneys in the U.S. is double the amount discarded in France. In France, kidneys from older, deceased donors are saving lives.

Your kidneys are located just below your rib cage — one on each side of your spine with an adrenal gland positioned on top of each. The bean-shaped organs filter up to 150 quarts of blood every day and flush out waste products through your urine. That’s why it’s so important to drink enough water. Chronic, low-grade dehydration is one of the most common causes of kidney stones.

Poor kidney function is also associated with a number of other serious health problems, including diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Common signs of kidney problems include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Problems urinating
  • Pain or burning sensation during urination
  • Constant thirst

Protecting your kidneys is as simple as restricting protein and fructose and making sure you drink plenty of pure, clean water.

High blood pressure is the second-highest cause of kidney failure, but clean, nutritious foods combined with regular aerobic and resistance (strength) training exercises can lower high blood pressure readings dramatically.

Your blood pressure is the force needed to push blood through your arteries, delivering oxygen rich blood and nutrients around your body. When measured, you get a high-value (systolic) and a low-value (diastolic). A reading of 120/80 is considered normal.

Your body uses calcium and vitamin D in a continued effort to maintain blood pressure. Those suffering with chronic kidney disease usually experience low vitamin D levels, not from lack of absorption or sun exposure, but from lack of activation within the kidneys.

Researchers have found low vitamin D levels may be indicative of early kidney disease. Those who were deficient were twice as likely to develop albuminuria, a type of protein in the urine, over a period of five years. This condition is an early indication of kidney damage.

If you have only slightly elevated blood pressure, you can lower it yourself by increasing your physical activity, eliminating tobacco and eating healthy foods.

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