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National Kidney Foundation screenings help reduce risk of kidney disease

The National Kidney Foundation of CNY, Inc. has screened thousands of individuals since it started 28 years ago. They are to conduct their 95th free Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) health screening on Thursday, March 8, at their offices at 731 James St. from 10-2. It is a comprehensive preventative screening program that takes approximately of 45 minutes. KEEP includes blood pressure, blood glucose, serum creatinine, serum hemoglobin, full lipid panel, and urine test for protein. These tests identify the risk factors for kidney disease. A physician will advise you on the results at the conclusion of the program

Their screening efforts in the last ten years are testimony to their mission to reduce the risks of kidney disease through early detection, education and medical management. The Kidney Early Evaluation Program outcomes for 2011 are impressive:

  • 7.7 percent learned for the first time they may have diabetes

  • 10.6 percent learned for the first time they may be hypertensive

  • 21.3 percent learned for the first time they may have kidney disease

  • 16.5 percent learned for the first time they may have abnormal cholesterol levels

  • More than 80 percent of the participants screened stated they had insurance and visited their primary care physician in the last year

This free screening is valued at more than $800 per person. The value to the individual is immeasurable when for the first time they learn they have high blood pressure and some simple behavior changes can give them years of healthy living. Additional value is added with the comprehensive education offered by our clinicians.

Call 476-0311 for an appointment.

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