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Free Kidney Testing Available

PITTSBURGH, PA.: Doctors at fifteen university medical centers around the country are checking BUN (blood urea nitrogen). This routine blood test can be an early warning sign that the kidneys may not be working as they should and that other kidney function tests need to be done. The BUN and other kidney tests are part of a national research project studying the effect of nutrition on kidney function. Medical researchers believe that changing the amount of protein, phosphorus, cholesterol, or sodium in the diet may help some people who have problems with their kidneys. Doctors suspect that if these nutrients are controlled in the diet, kidney function may improve or, at least, not get worse.

This research project is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and is looking for people who have reduced kidney function and are between 18 and 70 years of age. Volunteers who participate in this study will benefit by receiving the latest kidney function tests, an individually tailored nutrition program, as well as expert medical and blood pressure management.

You may qualify for this study if you have high blood pressure, diabetes but do not take insulin, or a family history of kidney disease.

To find out more about this free program call 1-800-344-DIET. Graduate School of Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15260.
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Title Annotation:national research project checking blood urea nitrogen as part of study of nutrition and kidney function
Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Jun 22, 1990
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