What does the urinary system do for your body?
The urinary system removes a type of waste called urea from your blood. Urea is produced when foods containing protein, such as meat, poultry, and certain vegetables, are broken down in the body. Urea is carried in the bloodstream to the kidneys.
The kidneys are key players in the urinary tract. They do two important jobs — filter waste from the blood and produce pee to get rid of it. If they didn't do this, toxins (bad stuff) would quickly build up in your body and make you sick. For example, white blood cells in the urine can be a sign of an infection.
- The urinary bladder is a muscular sac in the pelvis, just above and behind the pubic bone. When empty, the bladder is about the size and shape of a pear. Urine is made in the kidneys and travels down two tubes called ureters to the bladder. The bladder stores urine, allowing urination to be infrequent and controlled.
- This damage can cause wastes to build up in your body and lead to other health problems, including heart disease, anemia and bone disease. Chronic kidney disease eventually can cause kidney failure if it is not treated. Renal function, or kidney function, is a measure of how well the kidneys are filtering blood.
- Most people urinate between six and eight times a day. But if you're drinking plenty, it's not abnormal to go as many as 10 times a day. You may also pee more often if you're taking certain medications, like diuretics for high blood pressure.
Their function is to remove liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine; keep a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood; and produce erythropoietin, a hormone that aids the formation of red blood cells. The kidneys remove urea from the blood through tiny filtering units called nephrons.
- The organs of the urinary system work to help the body get rid of wastes and excess water in the form of urine. Other urinary system organs help transport urine or store urine and release it when it is time. The organs of the urinary system include the two kidneys, two ureters, a urinary bladder and the urethra.
- Kidneys and Urinary System Topics
- Bladder Cancer.
- Bladder Control see Urinary Incontinence.
- Bladder Diseases.
- Bladder Infections see Urinary Tract Infections.
- Bladder Pain Syndrome see Interstitial Cystitis.
- Chronic Kidney Disease.
- CKD see Chronic Kidney Disease.
- Components of the Urinary System. The urinary system consists of the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra. The kidneys form the urine and account for the other functions attributed to the urinary system.
Updated: 21st November 2019