The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority is offering free health tests to mark Kidney Day next week.
Free testing for blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol will be available at the Cayman Islands Hospital atrium on Nov. 18.
Diabetes and high blood pressure, together with aging, are the main risk factors for developing chronic kidney disease, which affects an estimated one in 10 adults globally, according to studies.
The Cayman Islands has at least 46 patients suffering from kidney failure. Those patients spend around four hours a day, three times a week, on dialysis machines at the Cayman Islands Dialysis Unit.
The Pan American Health Organization is asking healthcare providers to test high-risk patients for signs of kidney disease, particularly those with diabetes and hypertension, and is calling on individuals to maintain healthy lifestyles.
Chronic kidney disease is the progressive loss of kidney function over months or years. In its early stages, the disease produces no symptoms and is treatable, but in more advanced stages, patients can require dialysis and even kidney transplants.
The health screenings will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon.