One Minden doctor calls the kidney the smartest organ in the human body.

In recognition of World Kidney Day Thursday, Nephrologist Dr. Pallavi Shirsat said screening for kidney issues is very important to either halting or slowing down the progression in chronic kidney diseases.

The kidneys act as a filter that cleans out toxins in the blood. It is responsible for regulating fluid levels, regulating blood pressure and keeping blood minerals in balance. They maintain the chemical balance in the body by removing extra fluid, removing extra salt and other toxins.

Screening is important, she said, because by the time a person

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