(PRWEB) January 3, 2005
The National Kidney Foundation of Alabama will conduct a free health screening for people at increased risk for kidney disease on Friday, February 25th at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center (7th Floor, DoctorÂs Building) from 9 a.m. Â 2 p.m. The screening is part of the National Kidney FoundationÂs Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), a free health screening program designed to help identify and educate individuals at increased risk Â those who either have diabetes and/or hypertension or have first-degree relatives (parents, grandparents or siblings) with hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney failure Â with the purpose of delaying or preventing the development of chronic kidney disease. Diabetes and hypertension are the two leading causes of kidney failure.
ÂWe know that if we start early with education, detection and if necessary, medical intervention, we can often postpone the onset of kidney disease or kidney failure and in some cases, even prevent it from ever developing,Â says Sandra Kelley, Director, Outreach & Patient Services.
KEEP screening participants will have their weight and blood pressure checked. Medical professionals will collect blood and urine samples from those individuals who require further testing. A physician is on-site to review results with participants. All screening participants receive educational material about preventing and treating kidney disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
More than 300,000 Americans are currently being treated for chronic renal failure, a condition that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant for patient survival. The number of individuals affected by kidney failure has been increasing by 6 to 8 percent each year. The National Kidney Foundation of Alabama urges individuals who may be at risk to attend the free screening to learn how improving or maintaining their health and getting proper medical attention may prevent or delay the onset of kidney disease. To register for the free screening or for information on upcoming screenings in your area, contact the National Kidney Foundation of Alabama at (334) 396-9870.
KEEP is funded through an educational grant from Ortho Biotech. Additional sponsors include Bayer Diagnostics, Satellite Laboratory Services and OceanSpray.
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.
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