Kidney disease is incurable and undetectable but there are ways to reduce the risk of developing the silent killer, like keeping fit, cutting back on salt, not smoking and avoiding certain drugs.
Numerous groups are teaming up with the local branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada next week to offer information to the public on World Kidney Day.
Representatives from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, CNIB, B.C. Transplant society, the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Celiac Association and Patient Voices Network will be on hand to answer questions at Sahali Centre Mall on Thursday, March 14.
Sixteen student nurses from TRU will perform blood pressure and glucose tests, a pharmacist from Extra Foods is offering free cholesterol testing, there will be interactive displays of dialysis equipment, a dietician from Royal Inland Hospital and Mayor Peter Milobar plans to cut a ribbon at noon.
Over 240,000 people in B.C. have kidney disease and may not even know it. Learn more at the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.