Navigation Links
Knowing Your Kidney Number Could Save Your Life

DALLAS, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a silent epidemic that affects millions of Americans. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a life-threatening illness that can often be treated successfully if found early, and can be detected at an early stage using simple, inexpensive blood and urine tests. As part of its 2010 World Kidney Day awareness program, the physicians of Dallas Nephrology Associates (DNA) urge everyone to know and track their "kidney number." According to DNA physicians, tracking your "kidney number" is just as important as controlling cholesterol.

"A staggering 26 million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease, and millions more could be at risk," says Ruben L. Velez, M.D., F.A.C.P., president and CEO of DNA, one of the largest groups of practicing kidney specialists in the U.S. "But, because early CKD typically produces minimal symptoms, many people are unaware they are ill. As a result, we are seeing too many patients coming in too late, when there is not much we can do except offering dialysis or transplantation."

The "kidney number" is a measure of kidney function and is based on the amount of a substance called creatinine in the blood. In addition, detecting the presence of a protein called albumin in the urine identifies patients with CKD.

Those at high risk include individuals with diabetes or hypertension (high blood pressure) or a family history of diabetes, hypertension or CKD. African Americans and Hispanics are also at higher risk. Obesity has also been associated with a higher risk of developing kidney disease.

"The earlier kidney disease is found, the more options the patient has," says Dr. Velez. "We can limit some of the complications with medications or dietary changes. And because kidney disease is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, treating CKD early can potentially decrease cardiac complications."

Affording a routine screening brings about another troubling issue—especially in Texas.  DNA physician Dr. Roberto Collazo serves on the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force.  Created by the Texas Legislature in 2007, this task force studies CKD in Texas and recommends educational programs for health care professionals and the public. The task force's findings indicate that Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured individuals in the United States.

As a result, the task force indicates that free or reduced cost public screening programs can prevent the high cost of CKD treatment if symptoms and signs are detected early. A little cost now can prevent a hefty medical bill in the future.

One such free early detection program is the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) by the National Kidney Foundation. Started in 2000, more than 100,000 people who are at risk for CKD received no-cost screenings. Studies indicate that 27 percent of those tested through KEEP have CKD. Patients who are unsure if they are at risk should visit with their primary care physician or contact a specialist in nephrology.

"Of course, at Dallas Nephrology Associates, one of our most important jobs is to help patients avoid dialysis," Dr. Velez says. "So ask your doctor the right questions. Ask your doctor to check your kidney number."

For more information on KEEP and upcoming screenings in North Texas, visit

Note to editors: World Kidney Day is March 11, 2010. If you would like additional information or to schedule a personal interview with a DNA physician, please contact Shane Sumrow at 214-368-0909.

SOURCE Dallas Nephrology Associates

Back to top



SOURCE Dallas Nephrology Associates
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Knowing the Score: The Key to Prostate Health
2. Upstate University Health System Launches Knowing Changes Everything Campaign in Partnership with Lewis Communications
3. Knowing What to Look for Can Aid in Proper Diagnosis & Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
4. Knowing Yourself Can Improve Your Health and Happiness
5. Breathe Easier Knowing Springs Pollen Triggers
6. FDA: Company Knowingly Shipped Tainted Peanut Products
7. Traditional Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage Plans: Allsup Finds Knowing the Differences Means Savings for People with Disabilities
8. U.S. Preventive Medicine: Knowing Risk Factors & Early Detection are Best Strategies for Colon Cancer Prevention
9. Children learn smart behaviors without knowing what they know
10. Knowing doctors financial interests doesnt deter clinical trial participants
11. Veterinary Pet Insurance Data Reveals Well-Intended Pet Owners Unknowingly Poisoning Their Pets
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Smiles by Stevens is pleased ... moderate facial wrinkling. While many patients are aware of the benefits of Botox® in ... delivers to those suffering with discomfort, soreness, and pain as a result of Jaw ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... Beddit® has launched a new Android app for use with ... more intuitive SleepScore™ that rates sleep quality on a 100-point scale and makes it ... a proprietary algorithm. Beddit analyzes the data to provide an easy to understand scientific ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Livonia, MI (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... at Presence Resurrection Medical Center (RMC) in Chicago, IL, UV Angel is evaluating the ... the medical and surgical intensive care units (totaling 30 beds) from May 2014 through ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... Today, Mothers ... our nation’s roadways has dropped below 10,000 for the first time since 2011. In ... 2013. , According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Md (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... Hypertension Association (PHA) announces the nation’s Periwinkle Pioneers, individuals and groups responsible for ... of this disease. The Periwinkle Pioneers, nominated by the public, will receive special ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... NEW DELHI , November 25, 2015 ... fear invoked due to repeated failure of IVF cycles. ... Rani Bhatia was totally dejected and had lost all hopes that ... the first Indian miracle child conceived after failure of ... to abroad (UK) before they decided to take one last ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 2015  Array BioPharma Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRY ... Ron Squarer , will present at the ... The public is welcome to participate in the ... website.Event:Piper Jaffray Annual Healthcare ConferencePresenter:  , Ron Squarer, ... p.m. Eastern Time Webcast: , ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , 24. November 2015 Avery ... Pacemaker Systems, ist erfreut, die Berufung von ... bekannt geben zu können. ... --> Foto - ... (Schweden). Von 1984-1986 war er Fellow des ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: