Brigham and Women’s Hospital Is Hosting a Free Kidney Seminar

The Boston Kidney Health Series 2014 will teach people how to prevent and treat kidney disease.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, chronic kidney disease affects 26 million people in the U.S. and is characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function. Although early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney failure, kidney disease is often diagnosed too late because it’s described as a “silent disease,” according to Jennie Kuo, a clinical coordinator of the Asian Renen Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

“Chronic kidney disease is the eighth leading cause of death and does not get enough attention in everyday life,” Kuo says.

That’s why BWH is teaming up with Harvard Medical School and the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program to host the third annual Boston Kidney Health Series, which will take place October 11. This one-day seminar teaches individuals how to protect their kidneys from chronic kidney disease, in addition to what types of treatments are available, and where to go to for support.

“The Boston Kidney Health Series aims to raise awareness of chronic kidney disease and prevents the development of chronic kidney disease,” says Dr. Li-Li Hsiao, founder of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program.

Guests at the Boston Kidney Health Series will hear speeches from nephrologists, dietitians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Attendees will also listen to personal stories from kidney disease patients. The seminar includes breakfast, lunch, and four different information sessions including: kidney disease 101; nutrition suggestions; resources and support; and more.

Saturday, October 11; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Shapiro Breakout room, 70 Francis St.