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National Kidney Month: 5 Surprising Culprits for Increasing Kidney Problems

Update Date: Mar 08, 2013 09:44 AM EST
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This month is National Kidney Month! Despite the fact that you cannot live without them, many people know little about what the kidney does. The hard-working organs are responsible for filtering waste from your blood, producing red blood cells and Vitamin D and regulating blood pressure levels. As kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, you may want to know about surprising culprits for kidney damage so that you can avoid – or manage – them.