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Knowing Your Kidney Number Could Save Your Life
Date:3/8/2010

">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."


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