The National Kidney Foundation Sponsors the KEEP Program:
Kidney Early Evaluation Program
WHAT IS THE KIDNEY EARLY EVALUATION PROGRAM (KEEP)?
KEEP is a free health screening program offered by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) for individuals at increased risk of developing kidney disease.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE PROGRAM?
The goals of KEEP are to:
Raise awareness about kidney disease especially among “high risk” individuals
Provide free testing for people at increased risk for kidney disease
Encourage people “at risk” to visit a clinician and follow the treatment plan recommended
Provide educational information so that “at risk” individuals can prevent or delay kidney damage
Provide clinician referrals for follow-up care, if needed
Provide ongoing information and support
WHO SHOULD ATTEND A KEEP SCREENING?
You should attend a KEEP screening if you are 18 years or older and have one or more of the following:
High blood pressure
A parent, brother or sister with diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney disease
WHAT TAKES PLACE AT THE SCREENING?
One or more of these services will be provided to you at the screening:
Blood pressure, height, weight and waist circumference measurements
Blood and urine tests for signs of diabetes and kidney disease, including
Blood glucose check blood sugar
Hemoglobin check blood test for anemia
Albumin to creatinine ratio (protein in urine)
Serum creatinine (measures how well kidneys are filtering blood)
Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (test for kidney function)
Total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides
Some participants will also have their calcium, phosphorus, PTH and/or Hemoglobin A1c drawn
Test results are provided on site by a clinician.
Free educational materials are also available
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SCREENING?
The National Kidney Foundation will:
Contact you with your results
With your permission, send your results to your clinician
Refer you to a clinician or public health facility, if needed
Provide additional information, education and support
Invite you back to attend a KEEP screening every year
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
To obtain more information on KEEP and for a listing of Kidney Early Evaluation Programs (KEEP) taking place in your area, call the National Kidney Foundation at 1-800-622-9010 or visit:
Rates of Kidney Failure in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease are Tied to Higher Blood Pressure Targets than Previously Advised
Curr Diab Rep. 2010 Nov 13.
McCullough PA, Steigerwalt S, Tolia K, Chen SC, Li S, Norris KC, Whaley-Connell A; on behalf of the KEEP Investigators.
Department of Medicine, Sections of Cardiology, Nephrology, and Endocrinology, St. John Providence Health System, Providence Park Hospital, Novi, MI, USA
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