During National Diabetes Month, Parker Jewish Institute educates about warning signs, health risks
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During National Diabetes Month, Parker Jewish Institute educates about warning signs, health risks

The informational table at Parker Jewish Institute provided resources to the community; dieticians were on hand to answer questions.
The informational table at Parker Jewish Institute provided resources to the community; dieticians were on hand to answer questions.

New Hyde Park, NY, November 22, 2019 ­- In its continued mission to support older adults and their families in the community, Parker Jewish Institute educated the community about the escalating health risks posed by diabetes on November 14, World Diabetes Day.

Inside Parker’s lobby, experts were on hand to answer questions and share information about diabetes prevention, care management and education. Visitors, residents and staff stopped by an information booth where they could ask questions and find resources to manage risks, understand warning signs and support a healthy lifestyle.

Held each year on November 14, World Diabetes Day is organized by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. The campaign aims to raise awareness about this chronic disease. With diabetes, the pancreas can either no longer make insulin, or the body can no longer effectively use the insulin it does produce. This leads to raised glucose levels in the blood, which over the long term are associated with “damage to the body and failure of various organs and tissues,” according to the International Diabetes Federation.

“Diabetes is a very real health threat, and many people who have it right now are walking around undiagnosed, so it’s important to get educated, and if necessary, take action,” said Michael N. Rosenblut, Parker’s President and CEO. “Helping people to understand the risks of diabetes and encouraging them to adopt a healthy lifestyle can prevent life-threatening complications in the future.”

“It is imperative that we raise awareness about diabetes, its symptoms and the complications caused by the disease,” said Dr. Igor Israel, Parker’s Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medicine. “We urge everyone to get screened for diabetes, and if necessary, learn how to manage the disease.”

Contact: Lina Scacco, (718) 289-2212 or lscacco@parkerinstitute.org

About Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation

Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, which is headquartered in New Hyde Park, New York, is a leading provider of Short Term Rehabilitation and Long Term Care.  At the forefront of innovation in patient-centered health care and technology, the Institute is a leader in teaching and geriatric research.  Parker Jewish Institute features its own medical department, and is nationally renowned as a skilled nursing facility, as well as a provider of community-based health care, encompassing Social Adult Day Care, Home Health Care, Medical House Calls, Palliative Care and Hospice.