Free educational event planned for World Kidney Month

One in 10 adults age 20 and older in the United States may have kidney disease and not know it according to the Center for Disease Control.

March is World Kidney Month, and two local organizations are teaming up to host a public event focusing on kidney health. Kidney Smart, an educational branch of DaVita Dialysis, and Texas AHEC East-Victoria Region will host the free event 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at the Victoria Community Center Annex.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, individuals who are most at risk for developing kidney disease are those who have diabetes or high blood pressure; are 60 or over; are African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American; or who have a family history of kidney failure. However, anyone is at risk of developing kidney disease at any time.

During the event, a local nephrologist will conduct a class focusing on kidney disease and prevention. Exhibitors will share information on kidney health, and the Coastal Bend Kidney Foundation will provide free kidney function testing. Other screenings will include blood pressure, blood glucose and weight management information. No fasting is required for any of the testing.

For more information contact Kidney Smart Educator Lisa Kennedy, RN, at (361) 543-7018 or DeAnna Alvarez, Texas AHEC East-Victoria program manager, at (361) 485-6814.

Published: Thursday, 24 March 2016

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