Free kidney screening hosted in South Bend

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

The National Kidney Foundation hosted a free kidney screening on Saturday at the St. Joseph Minority Health Coalition Center in South Bend.

Folks from all over Michiana were invited to get free tests and learn more about potential complications from chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The screening comes after the story of Notre Dame Safeties Coach Bob Elliott’s own struggle with kidney disease.

In a story NewsCenter16 showed you last week, Elliott suffered from chronic kidney disease that went undiagnosed for years.

Like many Americans, Elliott did not make an annual trip to the doctor and the disease continued to progress.

Some 26 million Americans have CKD and even more are at risk of developing the disease if they don’t get it checked out.

“That's the problem, kidney disease is a silent condition,” said Sam Milligan, a nephrologist. “People may be affected by kidney disease but have no symptoms at all. That’s why these screening programs like we're doing are so important to be doing for people to participate in.”

Those who are especially at risk include people with high blood pressure, a history of diabetes or other conditions like heart disease.

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