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By Sarah Baldwin - bio | email

July 25, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -  Twenty-six million American adults have chronic kidney disease and millions more are at risk. That's according a recent national study.  

Southwest Georgia Dialysis, and Archbold Hospital say early detection is key in slowing the progression of the disease.  Saturday they're offering screenings that are free and open to the public.

Health professionals say many people don't get checked out because they fear if they do have a problem, they don't know what to do.   But Marnie Wilson, Education Coordinator for Southwest Georgia Dialysis says, "If you get screened, there's a lot you can do to delay the progression of chronic kidney disease and there's medications you can take, things you can do that will benefit you."

Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and controlling blood pressure also help decrease kidney disease. The free screenings are tomorrow at the Thomasville Community Resource Center from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

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