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Is fear of living with only one kidney stopping you from donating to those who need it most? Dr. Joseph Del Pizzo, an Assistant Professor of Urology and the Director of Laparoscopic Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center, gives words of encouragement and comfort to those contemplating becoming kidney donors.
"Living Kidney Donation - Part 2"
Dr. Del Pizzo:
"So people who donate a kidney to a loved one, relative, or whomever, will lead a normal healthy life with one kidney.
Some of the concerns for potential donors in donating a kidney to somebody, really center around living life with only one kidney. And if you think about, we are born with approximately four to five times the amount of kidney function we need to be healthy, and stay off of dialysis and not have kidney failure. So, by donating your kidneys, you're still left with two to three times the amount of kidney function that you need to be healthy and live a normal life.
So people who donate a kidney to a loved one, relative, or whomever, will lead a normal healthy life with one kidney as they would with two. As long as they take care of themselves, and get medical treatment for high blood pressure and diabetes. Preventative medical care, which is very important.