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What else do kidneys do in addition to cleaning blood and getting rid of excess fluid ?

Erythropoietin is a hormone which travels in the bloodstream from the kidneys to the bone marrow where it prompts the bone marrow to make red blood cells. Red blood cells carry the oxygen the body needs to function properly. Without healthy red blood cells, people develop anemia which can cause them to feel weak, cold, tired and short of breath.

Control of blood pressure – when kidneys are diseased, blood pressure increases. High blood pressure is important - it can increase the risk of stroke, heart disease and further damage the kidneys.

The kidneys maintain the correct balance between calcium and phosphate in the blood and the bones, and produce vitamin D. So when the kidneys fail, there can be problems with the bones.

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Dr. Sowmya Puthalapattu Sowmya Puthalapattu, MD, or Dr. Sowmya as she’s known to patients, is an experienced board-certified nephrologist and internal medicine physician at Kingwood Kidney Associates, with offices in Kingwood and The Woodlands, Texas. Dedicated to providing her patients with comprehensive individualized care, Dr. Puthalapattu believes in the importance of active listening and having an open and creative clinical mind to provide the right care to meet her patients’ needs. She is faculty and Subspeciality education coordinator for Nephrology at IM GME program HCA Kingwood . Her areas of specialty include chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, hyponatremia, and high blood pressure. A resident of The Woodlands, Texas, Dr. Puthalapattu spends her free time with her husband and two children. Her favorite activities include hiking and traveling.

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