As of Thursday, March 1, 2018
SUNNYSIDE Kidney disease is the eighth leading cause of death in women, and it continues to grow.
According to the Kidney Foundation, the afflictions of the kidney, although many are treatable, are a secondary medical concern of the greater population of women.
Worldwide more than 195 million women are affected by the disease.
To educate lower valley women about the dangers of leaving kidney disease untreated, a free kidney screening is being offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on World Kidney Day, March 8 at Astria Sunnyside Hospital, Tacoma Ave.
No appointment is necessary.
Chronic Kidney Disease is more prevalent in women than in men, according to Dr. Rodrigo Alfaro, a nephrologist at the hospital.
Chronic Kidney Disease is described as the gradual loss of kidney function.
As the kidneys fail, the body retains waste and excess fluids from the blood, which are normally excreted through the urine. When kidneys fail, dangerous amounts of fluid, waste and electrolytes build up in the body.
Factors, which may increase the risk for CKD, are diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and a family history of kidney disease.
However, the number of women on dialysis and on the kidney transplant list remains lower than the number of men.
He believes the discrepancies are due to the slower progression of CKD in women. But lower disease awareness may also be a contributing factor.
“Lower awareness of the disease can lead to a failure to start dialysis sooner among women,” he said.
Rodriguez will be talking about the prevention of kidney disease in women from 4-5 p.m. at the hospital, in Spanish and from 5-6 p.m. in English in the hospital classroom.