Increasing Awareness about Kidney Disease

GREAT NECK, NY – To mark Kidney Health Awareness Month in March, the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Janet and John Raggio Nephrology Institute will hold free education events in Glen Cove, Great Neck, Jamaica and Manhasset to increase awareness about kidney disease
Kidney disease blocks the body’s ability to clean the blood stream, explained Steven Fishbane, MD, vice president for network dialysis services at North Shore-LIJ.  The disease can lead to the need for dialysis or transplantation.  The two biggest causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. According to the National Kidney Foundation, approximately 26 million adult Americans have chronic kidney disease.

Kidney disease is often hard to detect, although sometimes swelling in the legs or blood in the urine might be a sign of the disease, Dr. Fishbane said. Blood and urine tests are typically done to determine if someone has the disease.
To increase awareness about kidney disease, the Raggio Institute is hosting these education events:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2013: A program entitled “Healthy Living with Hypertension or Diabetes” will offer information about kidney disease prevention and free body mass index, blood glucose and blood pressure screenings at the Queens Central Library at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 14, 2013 (World Kidney Day): There will be blood and urine tests done to screen for kidney disease. This event involves the Raggio Institute as well as North Shore-LIJ’s diabetes wellness program and will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at the YMCA in Glen Cove, 125 Dosoris Lane. In addition, a diabetes management presentation with blood and urine tests will be done at 12:30 p.m. at the Tower Conference Room at North Shore University Hospital, 300 Community Drive, Manhasset.
  • Monday, March 18, 2013: The Raggio Institute will present the “Diabetes and Kidney Disease” program for Glen Cove Hospital’s diabetes club at 12 p.m. Urine screenings will be done after the program at Glen Cove Hospital’s Maxwell Boardroom, 101 St. Andrews Lane.
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013 (Health fair): There will be a question-and-answer session from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Raggio Nephrology Institute, 100 Community Drive, Great Neck, where people can speak with a range of medical professionals, including dieticians, hemodialysis nurses, social workers, transplant coordinators, certified diabetes educators and nephrologists about their kidney health concerns. Bilingual staff will be able to answer questions in Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Hindu. There will also be blood pressure and urine screenings. From 7 to 8 p.m., there will be a workshop entitled “How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy.”

For more information, contact Terry Tan, program coordinator at the Raggio Institute, at (516-465-8215) or [email protected].

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