Tuesday, February 17, 2009
You know when you have a headache, sore throat, a cold or the flu. But do you have symptoms of kidney disease? It is often a fatal condition (called the “silent disease”) because you sometimes don’t feel the symptoms. Kidney disease frequently isn’t detected until it has reached the later stages—when dialysis or a transplant is necessary.
March is National Kidney Month. It is the perfect time to think about your kidney health. Do you, your parents or siblings have diabetes or high blood pressure?
Does anyone in your family have kidney disease? These are risk factors for kidney disease. In fact, diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure – almost 75%. Kidney disease also multiplies the risk for heart disease and stroke.
Early detection and treatment are the keys to prevent the seriousness of kidney disease. If you answered ‘yes’ to either of the above questions, it is important to be tested.
The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho is conducting a FREE kidney health screening at the Utah County Health Department, Friday, March 13, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For more information or to make an appointment, call the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho at 226-5111. Check our website at www.kidneyut.org for dates and places of other screenings.