Katie Bolt Martin the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation (ETKF) will be present at the Sept. 7 Maryville Farmers' Market joining the wellness booth of Bike To Market. Martin plans to provide free information and resources about chronic kidney disease, in particular its relation to diabetes.
"Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two main causes of kidney disease. Research shows there is a high rate of people being diagnosed with both diabetes and high blood pressure in our community," says Katie Bolt Martin, Executive Director of ETKF.
By educating the community on the prevention and early detection of kidney disease, the ETKF aims to reduce the number of people diagnosed with kidney disease each year and to detect the presence of kidney disease before it progresses to end-stage renal failure, which is essentially when your kidneys shut down. At this point, either regular dialysis or a kidney transplant is necessary in order to survive. The ETKF encourages everyone to come by for this free and life-saving information. Come learn more about kidney disease.
The booth opens at 9 a.m. until sale out at the Maryville Farmers Market, Founders Square 122 East Broadway in Downtown Maryville. It is free.