(Fremont, CA) Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a global problem. More than 500 million
people worldwide – or about one adult in ten – have some form
of kidney damage. In the United States, an estimated 20 million people
suffer from chronic kidney disease and an additional 20 million who are
at risk. CKD is rising mainly due to the worldwide increase in type 2
diabetes. “Your kidneys are a vital filtration system that works
to keep your blood clean,” says Dr. Lucia Yumena, a Fremont nephrologist
and a member of the medical staff at Washington Hospital. “Every
day, your kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood that sifts out and
removes waste and extra water. The kidneys also release hormones into
the blood to help regulate blood pressure and they perform many functions
to keep your blood chemically balanced.”
Approximately five liters of blood circulate in the human body and your
kidneys filter and clean this volume of blood 40 times every day. Although
the kidneys are small organs by weight, they receive a large amount (20
percent) of the blood pumped by the heart. To help raise kidney disease
awareness, Washington Hospital’s World Kidney Day seminar and health
fair will focus attention on high blood pressure and diabetes, the two
main causes of chronic kidney disease. A panel of three Washington Hospital
physicians who specialize in nephrology will explain the many risk factors
and treatment options for chronic kidney disease. The free seminar will
take place on Wednesday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Conrad E.
Anderson, M.D. Auditoriums located at 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West).
A special health fair centered on kidney disease will immediately follow
the seminar from Noon to 2 p.m.
Free kidney disease screenings are being offered over the next few weeks
to those who qualify. (See the info box below for more details or call
(800) 963-7070 for more information.) The two most common causes of kidney
disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, which are responsible for
up to two-thirds of the cases. As the rate of diabetes and high blood
pressure continues to rise in the United States, so does kidney disease.
If your family has a history of any kind of kidney problems, you may be
at risk for kidney disease.
During the seminar, physicians will highlight and discuss some of the most
common causes of kidney disease such as hypertension and cardiovascular
disease. Dr. Yumena will focus her attention on the treatment options
for chronic kidney disease.
“If CKD worsens it can lead to kidney failure and in order to survive,
people with severe kidney failure either receive a transplanted kidney
or be kept alive with “dialysis” – usually by a machine
which cleans their blood about three times a week,” says Dr. Yumena.
“Unfortunately, people on dialysis live an uncomfortable lifestyle
and many people wait 5 to 7 years to receive a kidney transplant.”
Early detection and treatment can often keep chronic kidney disease from
getting worse. A simple urine analysis in a doctor’s office can
detect kidney disease. A patient’s blood can also be tested to indicate
how well the kidneys are filtering wastes.
People that fall into the high-risk category of developing kidney disease are:
- Patients with diabetes and hypertension.
- Individuals who are obese or smoke.
- Individuals over 65 years of age.
- Individuals with a family history of diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease.
- Patients with a presence of other kidney diseases.
“If people have any of the risk factors, they shouldn’t be
shy about talking with their doctor about kidney disease,” said
Dr. Yumena. “The upcoming lecture is a great opportunity for people
to learn more about the disease and help educate people with diabetes
about the risks of kidney disease. I really want to encourage people to
be proactive and get screened. Early detection and treatment can save
To register for the March 11 seminar, participants should call Washington
Hospital’s toll-free Health Connection line at (800) 963-7070. When
registering, participants will be asked to answer a few questions regarding
their health. If they qualify for the free screening, they will be sent
a letter explaining the screenings and a lab slip to have lab work completed
which will include a blood draw and a urinalysis. Results will be available
at the seminar.
The health fair will include several information booths related to kidney
health. Washington Hospital dialysis nurses, dietitians, certified diabetes
educators and a pharmacist will be on hand to answer your questions. The
free health fair will take place from Noon to 2 p.m. The seminar and health
fair will take place at the Conrad E. Anderson Auditoriums, Rooms B &
C located at Washington West (2500 Mowry Avenue). Call (800) 963-7070
The 4th Annual World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International
Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations.
For more detailed information about World Kidney Day, please visit www.worldkidneyday.org
Washington Hospital Healthcare System includes a 359-bed acute-care hospital;
the Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute; The Gamma Knife® Center;
Washington Radiation Oncology Center; Washington Outpatient Surgery Center;
Washington Outpatient Rehabilitation Center; Washington Outpatient Catheterization
Laboratory; Washington Center for Joint Replacement; the Institute for
Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery; and Washington West, a complex
which houses Washington Women’s Center, Outpatient Imaging Center
and additional outpatient hospital services and administrative facilities.