Dr. James T. McCarthy from Mayo Clinic Rochester was on the show to discuss our kidneys.  We touched on all aspects of the kidneys including cysts, stones, failure, transplants and infections.

You can listen to the program on I Heart Radio via our flagship station; KROC AM.

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  1. Joanne Haroldson
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    I had renal failure this past summer. What is the chance I could get it back? I have been a diabetic for 15 years. Besides knowing your creatinine level, how else would you know you have kidney/renal failure? What is the best way to deal with renal failure? A renal diet? How long should a diabetic be on a renal diet?

  2. Posted November 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

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  3. Gustavo H.
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Very important information for me! I ll be waiting for it. Thanks.. MD Gustavo Hernandez.

  4. Joanne Haroldson
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    I’ve had renal failure and have noticed lately my urine output isn’t as much as it used to be. I have gained at least 5 lbs. in the past week. Should I be concerned about this with my kidneys and urine?

    • Tracy
      Posted November 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      Dr. McCarthy says “A decrease in urine volume can indicate a worsening of kidney function, but may also be a normal variation, dependent on the balance of fluid loss and fluid intake. I would recommend that you check in with your physician, who will know the degree of kidney failure and help determine if this change in urine volume is merely a normal variation or indicates a change in kidney function.”

  5. Joanne Haroldson
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Dr. McCarthy – My sister has had blood in her urine on & off for the past few weeks. She went to a urologist and they did some tests – creatinine was 0.68, kidneys and bladder looked fine. They don’t know why she has this blood in her urine. Do you have any ideas or suggestions what it could be or who she should see about this medical problem with the blood in the urine. She told me she had blood in her urine today after being ok for about 5-6 days. Thank you for your help.

    • Tracy
      Posted November 20, 2012 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      Dr. McCarthy says “Blood in the urine can come from many sources in the urinary tract. Patients usually need xrays, urine cultures for infection and bladder exams as you describe. If these do not show cause, then referral to a Nephrologist to search for bleeding sources within the kidneys themselves may be helpful.”

  6. Walter T Steagall
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    I have to get jpg t times a night to void.pain in my penis. pain in my left back. swollen prostate. help?

    • Tracy
      Posted November 26, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      Dr. McCarthy responds “There are a few potential causes for frequent urination at night. A urine infection or enlarged prostate can both cause such symptoms. A urinalysis , urine culture for bacteria, and prostate exam can help to diagnose the problem. There are several effective treatments for an enlarged prostate including medications or various surgical procedures.”

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