—Contributed by the National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation will conduct a free in-depth health screening for people at increased risk for kidney disease on Nov. 17 at Gilroy First Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The screening is part of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) designed to identify and educate people at risk – those with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of either one of these or of kidney disease.
“We know that if we start early with education, detection, and if necessary, medical care, we can often postpone or prevent the onset of kidney disease or kidney failure,” said Patty McCormac, RN, Program Director at NKF.
KEEP screening participants will have their weight and blood pressure checked. Medical professionals will collect blood and urine samples from those who require further testing. A physician is on-site to review results with participants.
More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and most don’t even know it. Millions more are at risk.