Free screening offered Aug. 1
NKF to team up with Senior Services Center to host event
CREST HILL — Millions of people at risk for chronic kidney disease may be able to prevent the need for dialysis and kidney transplantation with early identification and a dedication to healthy habits.
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and the Senior Services Center of Will County are calling on community members to protect their kidneys and prevent damage by educating themselves about CKD and the proactive ways they can reduce their risk for kidney disease.
More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk but most don’t know it. CKD often develops slowly with few symptoms, and many people don’t realize they’re sick until the disease is advanced and requires dialysis or a transplant. But kidney disease doesn’t have to be the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S.
“Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that a few simple lifestyle changes can slow the progression of CKD and can reduce the chances of developing it,” said Kate O’Connor, CEO of the NKFI. “Knowing the risk factors and controlling the major ones, such as diabetes and high blood pressue may prevent kidney failure. Regular physical activity and a diet low in fat, salt, sugar and protein can make a big difference in reducing risk and preventing complications.”
Because identification of the disease is such an important first step, NKFI is offering a free screening for diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Richland School,located at 1919 Caton Farm Road in Crest Hill, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free screening is open to all community members, especially those most at risk for CKD — anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease.