Kidney Fair: March 13

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In response to an increase in kidney disease nationwide, the Pikes Peak Kidney Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 13 at Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

The National Kidney Foundation of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, in partnership with Pikes Peak Nephrology Associates, will offer a non-invasive kidney health risk assessment and consultation to anyone 18 or older

The assessment is designed to identify those at risk for chronic kidney disease. It provides measurements for height, weight, blood pressure and Body Mass Index. A medical consultation with assessment findings will be provided to each participant.

Twenty-six million Americans (one in nine) have chronic kidney disease and most don’t know it. There are no obvious symptoms of the disease. Most Americans don’t know there’s a link between high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease.

Early detection and early treatment, including lifestyle changes and medications, can slow or prevent its progression to kidney failure, and lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Kidney failure kills more Americans than colorectal cancer, breast cancer or prostate cancer.