The State of Texas Kidney Foundation does FREE screenings every month. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and/or a family history of kidney disease don’t wait to get screened.
When University Transplant Center patient David Rodriguez was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in 2008, doctors noticed Rodriguez was in need of a transplant.
By September of 2008, Rodriguez was put under dialysis and was placed on the transplant waiting list in December 2008. After many trips to the hospital and doing research, he finally received his kidney on Aug. 4, 2011 and has been on a mission to raise awareness about the kidney disease since then.
“I used to live in Austin where I had a career working for a legal practice as a legal assistant, and when I got diagnosed with Kidney failure, my life took a 180 degree turn,” Rodriguez, 45, told La Prensa. “My world turned upside down, and the only way that I could move forward is through acceptance. I say that you have two doors when facing kidney failure: you can get depressed or you can do something about it.”
This month, the Texas Kidney Foundation (TKF) is raising awareness about National Kidney Month with World Kidney Month on March 9. The TKF celebrates its importance by adding additional free screenings to its schedule.
The free screening program, Texas Kidney Check, has screened more the 6,000 people in the last three years. Since 2013, TKF has conducted more free kidney screenings than any other nonprofit kidney organization in Texas.
TKF is headquartered in San Antonio and is proud to be the leading nonprofit provider of free screenings for early signs of kidney disease. The foundation also hosts various events throughout the year to educate health professionals and individuals on research advances and up-to-date information on kidney disease.
“A blood test is the most common measurement of how significant the damage is in the kidney,” said Dr. Bruce Brockway, nephrologist at the Kidney Treatment Center. “The severity is monitored by the ability of the kidneys to clean waste from the blood, and a blood test that measures pertinent data tells us how well the kidneys are doing in their job.”
Hispanics are almost 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with kidney failure, stated the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) and the ESRD Network 2014 Annual Report. In 2016, it was reported that 2,941 patients in San Antonio and 4,500 patients in Bexar County are receiving dialysis.
In order to reduce your risk of being diagnosed or if you are diagnosed, here are some guidelines to follow:
For more information about National Kidney and where to get a free screening, visit www.txkidney.orgSOURCE: La Prensa