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Health Behaviors and the Urinary System roper urinary function is important because wastes that are P not removed from the body quickly become toxic. There are several health behaviors that can affect your urinary system. urethra bladder 455 Lesson 3 The Urinary System
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Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, and limit your intake of caffeine and soft drinks. Caffeine drinks can interfere with kidney function and increase the amount of water lost through urination. Eat a well-balanced diet. Practice good hygiene and personal health care to help prevent harmful bacteria from causing infection. Have regular medical checkups. Reporting to your doctor any changes in the frequency of urination and in the color or odor of urine is important to the early detection and treatment of urinary system disorders. Problems of the Urinary System rinary system problems can result from several different con- U ditions, including infection and blockage of urine. is an inflammation of the bladder, most often caused by a bacterial infection, which can spread to the kidneys. the inflam- mation of the urethra, can be caused by a bacterial infection. Symptoms of both conditions include burning pain during urina- tion, increased frequency of urination, fever, and the presence of blood in the urine. Early detection of these warning signs should prompt individuals of all ages to seek health care. Treatment includes antibiotics to eliminate infection. Kidney Problems Kidney disorders, some of which can be life threatening, should be treated and monitored by a medical professional. Kidney prob- lems include the following conditions. Nephritis is the inflammation of the nephrons. Symptoms include fever, tissue swelling, and changes in urine production. Kidney stones form when salts in the urine crystallize into a solid stone, usually containing calcium. Small stones can pass through the urinary system naturally, with treatment to relieve symptoms. Treatment for larger stones includes a procedure in which high-intensity sound waves are used to break stones apart so they can pass through the urethra. Uremia is a serious condition associated with a decrease in blood filtration by the kidneys. As a result of decreased filtration, abnormally high levels of nitrogen waste products remain in the blood and can cause tissue damage. Urethritis Cystitis A ccording to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 63 people receive a success- ful organ transplant each day. Most people who wish to do so may become tissue or organ donors. Anyone under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian. 456 Chapter 17 Digestive and Urinary Systems A healthy individual who wishes to become an organ donor carries a card stating that preference.
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