Most people are born with two kidneys, located behind the abdominal organs and below the rib cage. They perform several important functions including:
- Filtering blood to remove waste products, passing the waste from the body as urine and returning water and chemicals back to the body as necessary.
- Regulating blood pressure by releasing several hormones.
- Stimulating red blood cell production by releasing the hormone erythropoietin.
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that produce urine. Urine is carried to the bladder and when the bladder is full, urine is excreted from the bladder through the urethra.
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