“Many people have family members with diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney disease. Our goal is to make them aware of their risk for kidney disease and to encourage them to get tested and take steps to protect their kidneys,” says Dr. Andrew Narva, director of NKDEP.
Because diabetes and high blood pressure run in families, reunions offer good opportunities to discuss kidney disease.
“Most people with kidney disease have no symptoms.” said Dr. Narva. “If you don’t know you have kidney disease you can’t protect yourself. But there is good news. Once diagnosed, kidney disease can be treated, and kidney failure may be delayed or prevented.”
For more information and to download the Family Reunion Health Guide or the Kidney Sundays Toolkit, visit http://www.nkdep.nih.gov/resources/index.htm. Other brochures and educational materials also are available.
The National Kidney Disease Education Program is an initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health.