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Should I change any of my eating habits if I donated one of my kidneys?

Should I change any of my eating habits if I donated one of my kidneys?

Overall health: There is no special diet a kidney donor has to follow. I recommend common sense and overall health maintainence. Don't put yourself at risk for kidney problems. Therefore maintain a healthy weight to avoid adult onset diabetes and problems with hypertension. Don't smoke. Watch cholesterol. Exercise. ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Does blood production go down after I donate one of my kidneys?

Does blood production go down after I donate one of my kidneys?

No: Although kidney donors may lose a small amount of blood during their surgery, this doesn't usually cause anemia. In terms of red blood cell production, this is driven by a hormone called erythropoeitin that is made by the kidney(s). Research has shown that the remaining kidney is able to compensate and produce enough erythropoeitin to maintain red blood cells and avoid anemia in the donor. ...Read more

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How much do you shorten your life if you donate one of your kidneys?

How much do you shorten your life if you donate one of your kidneys?

Donate!: Not one single day! it is very safe and experience in people who are born with one kidney, soldiers who lost a kidney from gunshot wounds in wwi and wwii and experience with donors since the 1960's show the life expectancy is unequivocally normal. But what does change is a big change in your ethical and moral standing. You have given the "gift of life". ...Read more

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Once you donate your kidney, is it possible for you to get one back?

Once you donate your kidney, is it possible for you to get one back?

Unusual question.: You would need to have a kidney transplant in the unlikely event that you had an accident, developed a large kidney tumor or kidney disease resulting in loss or loss of function in your remaining kidney. The transplant would be from a cadaver or a new live donor. No one would ever return your original kidney. ...Read more

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How well will my one kidney be able to support my body if I donate my other kidney to someone else?

Very Well: Among adult living kidney donors under age 60, the remaining kidney will hypertrophy (enlarge) and you will have about 60-70% of of overall kidney function before the donation. The survival and rate of kidney failure in actual donors age matched to the general population is actually better. That is because they are screened for diseases and in good shape when they donate. ...Read more

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At why age can one donate a kidney?

At why age can one donate a kidney?

18 yrs: Adulthood, typically defined as age 18, is the usual parameter used to define eligibility for living kidney donation. I can imagine other situations--e.g. An underage mother or father donating to their child-- but most programs use age 18. ...Read more

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How will my life change after I donate my kidney?

How will my life change after I donate my kidney?

Very little change: In order to donate your kidneys, the transplant center should screen you extensively to make sure there is very little risk of you developing kidney disease and ending up on dialysis. There is a slight risk your blood pressure may be higher in the future. You may feel better about yourself helping another. Otherwise, should be little change other than having only one kidney left. ...Read more

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When one donates a kidney is the adrenal gland also removed?

When one donates a kidney is the adrenal gland also removed?

No: Although, it could be rendered nonfunctional. There should be another one on the other side. ...Read more

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Had nephrectomy 15 years ago. I only have one normal funtioning kidney now, can i donate blood? Help

Had nephrectomy 15 years ago. I only have one normal funtioning kidney now, can i donate blood? Help

Probably: As long as your normal blood count is normal, you should be able to donate blood without affecting your kidney. But you should check with your nephrologist to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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Had nephrectomy 15yrs ago. I only have one normal functioning kidney now. Can i donate blood? Why yes and why not? Help

Had nephrectomy 15yrs ago. I only have one normal functioning kidney now. Can i donate blood? Why yes and why not? Help

Here are some ...: Living with an acquired solitary kidney like you is not a contraindication to donate blood as long as you're healthy with no blood-borne transmitted diseases like HIV, hepatitis - B & C, syphilis, etc. But some restrictions for such may exist among different countries. So, ask your local institutions for details. ...Read more

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