The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will hold a free KEY (Kidneys: Evaluate Yours) health screening at the 6th Hispanic Health Festival & Resources event taking place Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Heritage Community Church (8146 Quarterfield Rd., Severn, MD 21144).
As part of NKF-MD’s mission of early detection and early intervention, KEY screenings identify early markers for kidney disease, as well as high blood pressure and diabetes. No appointments are needed for the screening and any adult can participate.
Lasting about 20 minutes, the screening includes blood pressure and weight checks, as well as counseling with a doctor and dietician. Additionally, blood tests may be given to those needing to have their blood sugar and kidney function checked.
Overall, kidney disease affects 26 million people – that’s one in nine Marylanders and one in eight in Baltimore. One in three American adults – 73 million people – are at risk for kidney disease, and the risk increases to one in two over the course of a lifetime.
Most people affected do not realize it until the condition has progressed. In fact, 25 percent of the 1,229 people screened last year by NKF-MD demonstrated significant results.
For more information about this event or to receive a schedule of additional screenings by NKF-MD, visit www.kidneymd.org or call 443-322-0375.