Nearly Half of People With Kidney Disease Do Not Know They Have Failing Kidneys

Morgantown, WV, October 27, 2005…Dr. Rebecca Schmidt (wife of kidney transplant patient Daniel Abel) announces that the American Journal of Kidney Diseases recently published the alarming finding that nearly half of people with an advanced form of kidney disease do not know they have weak or failing kidneys.  Researchers also discovered that almost 45 percent of people with stage 4 kidney disease – only one stage behind kidney failure – had never been told there was anything wrong with their kidneys.

Dr. Schmidt encourages all local West Virginia residents to take advantage of a free, comprehensive kidney health screening on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1529 Mary Lou Retton Drive, Fairmont, WV.  The Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) screening is offered by the National Kidney Foundation and is a free, community-based early detection and intervention program that targets people who are at increased risk for developing chronic kidney disease due to diabetes, hypertension and/or those who have first-degree relatives with these conditions or kidney failure.

Participants will have their blood pressure and weight taken as well as the following tests:  a blood test for creatinine level (how well the kidneys are filtering blood), and lipids (cholesterol); and a urine test for protein (a marker of possible kidney disease).  The entire screening takes less than 40 minutes.

All KEEP participants will receive their complete test results by mail in about four weeks, with additional follow-up by phone or mail for those individuals whose results indicate they are at increased risk for chronic kidney disease.  They will be encouraged to take measures to prevent or delay the onset of kidney disease through education and disease management.  Left untreated, chronic kidney disease may ultimately lead to kidney failure.  KEEP provides a comprehensive health screening with a follow-up component built into the program.  It is supported nationally by Ortho-Biotech, with additional support from Bayer Diagnostics and Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

For pre-registration, directions or more information, contact Jessica Gombar with the National Kidney Foundation at 1-800-261-4115.

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For more information:
Claudia Wilhelm (304) 293-8150

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