Kidney Disease Screening Recommended

You should be getting a kidney screening once a year. After all, it's doctor's orders.

The Medical Center and the National Kidney Foundation offered free Kidney Disease screenings on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at the Health and Wellness Center in the Greenwood Mall.

The screenings were given to people at high risk for developing chronic Kidney Disease.

Beverly Sword said now that she's a Senior Citizen, it's time to start taking better care of herself.

"And Senior Citizens need to take advantage and try to stay as healthy as they can," Sword said.

So she's having a Kidney Disease screening done because she may be at high risk.

"Diabetes runs in my family," Sword said and that makes her a perfect candidate for Kidney Disease.

"Anybody with diabetes or high blood pressure should certainly consider attending their screening," said Lisa Allgood, with the Kentucky National Kidney Foundation.

Allgood said many people are at risk for Kidney Disease and don't realize it.

"Kidney Disease is also considered a silent killer. There's not many symptoms with Kidney Disease," Allgood said, but if you do have it, the disease can be slowed down.

"Typically it's a slowly progressive disease, but other infections, other diseases can manifest its quicker progression," Allgood said.

Allgood also said that Kidney Disease can be detected before it starts.

"A urine test called a test for protein is the first marker of kidney damage and we can detect a protein in the urine long before you have kidney disease or failure," Allgood said.

The only way to prevent the disease is to get tested once a year and Sword said she may be back next for another test.

"It depends how bad they do me ... if they hurt," Sword said.

Health officials recommend anyone over 18-years-old with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of these medical problems to be tested.

This is the third year the Medical Center has offered the free screenings. They take about 45 minutes and the results are given immediately.

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