10 Signs Your Kidneys Are in Big Trouble

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Sign: Your gender

Most kidney infections will start with bacteria that travel up the urinary tract to the bladder; the infection can then make its way to the kidneys. Because women have a shorter urethra than men, they’re at higher risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs)—and that leaves them more vulnerable to kidney infections too, explains Dr. Ali.

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