Thursday is World Kidney Day, which will try to raise awareness about the importance of our kidneys. The National Kidney Foundation of Central New York will be holding free Kidney Early Evaulation Program screenings in its Syracuse office on 731 James St. (above right)
Kidney disease has increased 116 percent in New York over the last decade, Program Director Laura Squadrito said. This is because rising obesity rates have led to its biggest risk factors, high blood pressure and Diabetes. However, screenings can help delay or prevent the disease.
"We can identify those who are at risk, we can identify those that may develop kidney disease in the future and get them to take the proper life style changes and the proper steps of treatment," Squadrito said.
More than 60 people are already registered for the free screenings, and walk-ins are welcome from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.