Smorgasbord Health Column – Family Health – The Kidneys and Urinary Tract – Urinary Tract infections by Sally Cronin

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Last week my post was on the kidneys and how they function. I also looked at one of the most painful conditions….Kidney Stones

Today I want to continue with the urinary tract as problems with kidney function have a direct impact on the health of this essential waste pathway out of the body.

The Urinary Tract

Kidneys - locationThe urinary tract consists of a number of different organs that produce, store and excrete urine from the body. These include the kidneys, ureters, bladder and the urethra.

I covered the main function of the kidneys in the previous article. The waste products and other contents of the urine flow through ureters, one in each kidney, and into the bladder, where it is stored until there is an urge to get rid of it.

When you urinate, muscles in the bladder wall help push the urine out of the bladder, through the urethra…

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