These instructor-led kidney health education classes will provide an opportunity for participants to learn how kidneys function, the effects of kidney disease and the various treatment options available to patients as well as the role medications, diet and nutrition play in disease management and prevention.
The classes will be held the second Wednesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital, Highway 181, Kenedy. The classes are open to the community and are designed for those diagnosed with kidney disease, along with their caregivers, family and friends. To enroll in a class, call 830-393-4010. DaVita also provides online kidney disease education tool at KidneySmart.org for those interested in learning at home.
More than 20 million adults over the age of 20 have kidney disease, which can progress to end stage renal disease. Most are unaware of their condition, as the disease is often symptomless until its late stages. Individuals at high risk for kidney disease include those with diabetes or hypertension, as well as adults age 65 and older, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans.
Please call 830-393-4010 or visit KidneySmart.org for more details.