NKFM offers free health screenings at World Kidney Day event in University Hospital

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Publication Date: 
03/05/2014

In observance of National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) and the U-M Health System’s Division of Nephrology have partnered to host a World Kidney Day event on Thursday, March 13, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the Dow Auditorium lobby of University Hospital. The Dow Auditorium is located near the cafeteria on the 2nd floor of the hospital, on 1515 E. Medical Center Drive.

Free kidney (urine, blood pressure and weight) screenings and depression screenings will be offered throughout the day. There will also be prize raffles, patient care information, health and fitness information and healthy snacks.

Nearly 1 in 9 Michigan adults has chronic kidney disease, but most don’t know it because there are little or no symptoms during early stages of the disease. Diabetes and high blood pressure cause approximately 70% of all kidney failure cases in Michigan. In most cases, kidney failure can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle. 

Who should come: Anyone can get chronic kidney disease at any age, but some people are more likely than others to develop kidney disease. You have an increased risk if you:

  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have a family history of chronic kidney disease
  • Are older
  • Belong to a population group with a high rate of diabetes or high blood pressure, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders or American Indians.

For more information on the World Kidney Day event, contact Julia Herzog at [email protected]. You can also contact the NKFM at (800) 482-1455 and ask to speak with Julia. For more information about kidney disease, please check out the National Kidney Month page.