Health and Family Services Cabinet
Public Health Promotes Kidney Screenings
People with Diabetes Are at Greater Risk for Kidney Disease
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is promoting kidney health throughout April and May, encouraging members of the public to take advantage of free screenings around the commonwealth.
The Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), a free screening for those at increased risk of developing kidney disease, will be offered at various locations.
“Ensuring good kidney health is a crucial piece to overall wellness,” said William Hacker, M.D., Health and Family Services’ acting undersecretary for health and public health commissioner. “I advise anyone who thinks he or she might be at risk for developing kidney disease to see their primary care provider or take advantage of these preventive screenings. Early detection and follow-up care are the best ways to prevent further complications.”
Screenings will take place throughout the year. Those scheduled to date include:
· 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 17-18, Scott County Cooperative Extension Service, Georgetown; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14-15, Harrison County Extension Office, ; Cynthiana. For more information about services in Scott and Harrison counties, call (800) 737-5433.
· The Barren River District Health Department has scheduled screenings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3 in the Health and Wellness Center of the Greenwood Mall in Bowling Green.
· The Madison County Health Department will have screenings from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the First Christian Church in Richmond.
· Additional screenings are planned for Daviess and Henderson counties, but details have not been finalized. For more information, call the Green River District Health Department at (270) 852-5549.
Last year, more than 2,000 Kentuckians were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Leading causes of kidney disease include high blood pressure and diabetes.
“If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, you should take advantage of the KEEP screenings. These conditions put you at risk for chronic kidney disease,” said Linda Leber, diabetes education coordinator in the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. “Loss of kidney function can be prevented, but it’s extremely important to get screened and start learning about ways to prevent complications.”
The KEEP program provides individuals diagnosed with kidney disease, or those at risk for developing kidney disease, with educational materials about the condition. The program includes thorough, one-hour screenings, including blood pressure and weight measurements, blood and urine analysis and consultation with an on-site health professional. Participants are also provided with physician referrals for follow-up care and a variety of educational materials.
Here are some tips on preventing kidney failure from the National Kidney Foundation:
· Find out your family’s health history if you don’t already know it.
· Visit your doctor for regular checkups for the above diseases and request blood and urine tests to check for CKD.
· Follow your doctor’s instructions to keep hypertension and diabetes in control.
· Keep your weight in check, exercise regularly and don’t smoke, avoid taking large amounts of painkillers like anti-inflammatories and limit alcohol intake.
For more KEEP information or to make an appointment, please call the National Kidney Foundation’s Kentucky office at 1-800-737-LIFE