Free kidney testing at Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA

Free kidney testing at Powel Crosley Jr. YMCA (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - People can get free help Thursday, March 9, for a hidden health problem.

It's often so silent most don't even know they have it until it's too late. Thousands of people will be wearing orange Thursday and in the Tri-State people will see several locations lit up in orange, including the lights on the Radisson Cincinnati Riverfront. It's all to raise awareness of World Kidney Day on March 9.

Those who have kidney disease and those who don't are offering free information and free testing of kidneys in honor of the day. Idris Gray has had a transplant and said he didn't even know anything was wrong until his kidneys shut down. The National Kidney Foundation is hosting free walk-in testing Thursday at the Powel Crosley Junior YMCA on Winton Road. They will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Doctor Amit Govil of UC Health said kidney disease kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined. And most people don't know they are at risk without testing.

Kidney disease is a silent killer of the kidneys. The most important thing is to look at family history so if there are people with kidney disease, family history of high blood pressure, or diabetes then people should step out to get tested. They can get free testing Thursday.

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