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Protect and Prevent against Kidney Disease; FREE SCREENINGS
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April 23, 2013

(Mendota, IL) – (May 18th, 2013)-- Millions of people at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD) may be able to prevent the need for dialysis and kidney transplantation with early identification and a dedication to healthy habits.

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) in partnership with Mendota Community Hospital are calling on community members to protect their kidneys and prevent damage by educating themselves about CKD and the proactive ways they can reduce their risk for kidney disease.

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk but most don’t know it. CKD often develops slowly with few symptoms, and many people don’t realize they’re sick until the disease is advanced and requires dialysis or a transplant. But kidney disease doesn’t have to be the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S.

“Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that a few simple lifestyle changes can slow the progression of CKD and can reduce the chances of developing it,” said Kate O’Connor, CEO of the NKFI. “Knowing the risk factors and controlling the major ones, such as diabetes and high blood pressue may prevent kidney failure. Regular physical activity and a diet low in fat, salt, sugar and protein can make a big difference in reducing risk and preventing complications.”

Because identification of the disease is such an important first step, NKFI is offering a free screening for diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at Mendota Community Hospital located at 1401 E. 12th St. from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  All testing will be done in the Community Health Services Department at MCH. This FREE screenings, by appointment, are open to all community members especially those most at risk for CKD – anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease.  Call 815-539-1411 to schedule your screenings.

NKFI is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information about risk factors and the NKFI visit www.kidneymobile.org or www.nkfi.org.

Participants are invited on board the KidneyMobile®, which will be located in the north parking lot of the hospital, for an educational tour and short video featuring people whose lives have been impacted by diabetes and kidney disease.  You do not have to participate in the screening to visit the KidneyMobile.