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I am Dr. Todd Brandt. I am a urologist. 

These are words I couldn't have imagined myself saying as I was growing up thinking about medicine as a career. 

And I have been asked many, many times why I went into urology as a medical specialty. In this podcast I attempt to explain how I got here. Why did I choose urology as a specialty? Why do I like it? Why, if you are someone with a urinary tract, should you care? Get it? Why Urology.

This podcast is a personal experiment in medical audio content. I make the obvious disclaimer that this is not medical advice. You should be going to your own physician for that.

These episodes are meant to educate, entertain, inspire or inform you in some way with urology as the launching point for each episode. Each episode is varied in format and length as I have experimented with content. 

Listen, follow, share, rate, review, know what to do.

If you have kidney stones, or prostate cancer, or another urologic health concern this podcast may help you.

If you have a loved one with any urologic health concern this podcast may help you. 

If you are someone who has asked, "How does my bladder do it's thing?", this podcast may help you.

If you make urine, or even if you don't, this podcast may help you.

Thank you for listening to this podcast. I do appreciated any feedback I get so please reach out to me at the link provided on this website. 

Be well,

Dr. Todd Brandt

Mar 25, 2018

March is National Kidney Month. According to the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease 30 million people in the United States are living with a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease. 660,000 American have renal failure with 470,000 patients on dialysis. 190,000 people live with a kidney transplant. Each year chronic kidney disease kills up to 50,000 Americans, more than either breast or prostate cancer. High blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease.  kidney disease in its early stages is silent and has no symptoms.

For this episode, I am going to the very periphery of the field of Urology, a surgical specialty, and into the field of Nephrology, to talk a little bit about how your kidneys work, so you can understand if you are at risk or have evidence of chronic kidney disease.

Your Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) represents the total filtering capacity of millions of tiny filters, each one called a glomerulus. 

March is National Kidney Month. Protect your glomeruli. Control your blood pressure. Watch your diabetes. Stop smoking. Stay hydrated.