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Monday, December 9, 2013
Sodas and Kidneys
Why does numerous sodas affect your kidneys?
I presume your reference to sodas refers to drinks such as Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Sprite. The kidneys are designed to regulate the amount of fluid in your body. This is done by special sensing mechanisms that increase urine output when you take in a lot of soda. If you do not drink enough to keep up with the amount of required losses, the kidneys will reduce the urine output. The kidney produces some hormones, it activates some hormones circulating in the blood stream, and responds to changes in the arterial blood pressure, just to list some of the reasons. The kidney is a remarkable organ with very complex functional capacity. For more specific details I recommend the National Institute of Heath web site listed below
Philip W Hall, 3rd, MD
Formerly, Professor Emeritus of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University