Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer
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Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, Interim Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DCHHS offers free kidney health screenings on World Kidney Day
“Kidney and Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower”
DALLAS (March 7, 2018) –March 8 is World Kidney Day (WKD) – a worldwide day dedicated to raising awareness around kidney disease. As part of its support, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) are partnering to provide free kidney screenings to Dallas County residents Thursday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2377 N Stemmons Fwy #627 in Dallas.
This year, WKD is being observed under the theme “Kidney and Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower.” Chronic Kidney Disease affects approximately 195 million women worldwide and it is currently the 8th leading cause of death in women, causing 600,000 female deaths each year.
“We are encouraging all residents to take advantage of the free kidney health screening and to take steps towards keeping their kidneys healthy,” said Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director. “It is important to understand how vital kidneys are to your overall health.”
Kidneys are important because they help filter blood, keep the right amount of fluids in the body, help create red blood cells and help keep blood pressure under control.
Kidney diseases can largely impact an individuals quality of life; however, there are several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease.
Take Five Steps
- Stay Active– 30 minutes of regular exercise will help you control your blood pressure and lower your blood sugar levels, which are vital to kidney health.
- Eat Healthy- Cut Processed Foods - Processed foods are a significant source of sodium, nitrates and phosphates, which have been linked to cancer, heart disease and kidney disease.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight- This can help prevent diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with Chronic Kidney Disease.
- Reduce Over the Counter Medicine - Many over-the-counter medications, like ibuprofen or aspirin, may ease aches and pains, but may harm your kidneys.
Stay Well Hydrated - Drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary beverages helps your kidneys clear sodium and other toxins from the body.