Home > Medical > Kidney and bladder health Kidney and bladder health All sections in Kidney and bladder » About Kidney & Bladder » FAQs » Living with Kidney Problems » Medical Treatment » Kidney & Bladder News » Normal Kidney Function » Renal Nutrition » Kidney Failure Obesity increases young adults' risk of kidney disease Albuminuria, a sign that the kidneys are not functioning normally, puts one at increased risk for chronic kidney disease. New therapy may decrease rejection of transplanted kidneys Can cranberry juice cure urinary tract infections? South African returns from the US for life-saving surgery A high sodium diet worsens kidney and heart disease See All Kidney and bladder health News » Kidney and bladder health Overview Cystitis End stage kidney failure Acute Kidney failure (ARF) Kidney dialysis Bladder matters Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) 5 types of kidney stones Kidney stones What is Kidney and bladder health? Kidney failure is a potentially life-threatening disease. Also called renal failure, it is a condition in which the kidneys lose their ability to function properly. This deterioration of renal function can be sudden or it can develop over a period of time. To understand the implications of renal failure you need to keep the basic functions of the kidney in mind; namely to remove excess fluid and waste, to maintain the chemical balance of the body and to produce certain important hormones and enzymes. Therefore, kidney failure can lead to an overload of fluid in the body, that adds to the workload of the heart, raises blood pressure and could lead to heart failure. In this centre, other kidney and bladder problems like kidney stones and kidney pain are also discussed. Take Action Follow Health24 on Twitter » Here's how this SA plant could cure your bladder infection What else we do on the loo advertisement About kidney and bladder Obesity increases young adults' risk of kidney disease New therapy may decrease rejection of transplanted kidneys Analgesic nephropathy Renal transplantation See All About kidney and bladder » Living with kidney problems Jonah Lomu probably suffered a blood clot after a long-haul flight Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers Statins neither good nor bad for kidneys Protein & sodium restriction See All Living with kidney problems » Normal function of the kidney Surprising toilet facts The normal function of the kidneys The structure of the kidneys See All Normal function of the kidney » The effect of kidney failure Renal failure and its effect on the cardiovascular system Renal failure and its effects on the blood The effect of kidney failure on the bones The effect of kidney failure on the brain and nervous system See All The effect of kidney failure » FAQs Should men sit to pee? User response Should men sit to pee? Will kidney failure affect my sexuality and fertility? Can kidney failure be cured? See All FAQs » Medical treatment Brother donates kidney to end sister's suffering Dialysis Haemodialysis Hoe gemaak met nierprobleme? See All Medical treatment » Renal nutrition Your guide to renal nutrition Renal nutrition: potassium and sodium Renal nutrition: phosphate Renal nutrition: fluid intake See All Renal nutrition » From our sponsors Eat smart for a healthy heart with B-well’s Canola oil Put back what life takes out with StaminoGro! Is erectile dysfunction a taboo topic in relationships?