The Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center is dedicated to supporting the health education needs of the community. An annual benefit funds the Resource Center as well as the Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, including sponsorship of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Cancer Survivorship Seminars.

Located at Highland Park Hospital, the Resource Center is a private place to obtain information when making healthcare decisions.

Visitors are welcome to stop by to browse our collection and enjoy our relaxing environment between appointments or during other idle time in the hospital.

Our personal, confidential assistance is available free of charge to help you find the health information you need. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to request services, call the
Resource Center Coordinator at 847.480.2727 or email


In the Spotlight: DIABETES

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Over 29 million Americans have diabetes and an additional 86 million have prediabetes and are at risk of developing the disease.

 2 Out of Every 5 Americans Are Expected to Develop Type 2 Diabetes During Their Lifetime

A recent CDC study shows that close to half (40%) of the adult population of the USA are now expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime. The major study, Trends in Lifetime Risk and Years of Life Lost Due to Diabetes in the USA, 1985–2011A  Modelling Study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, notes that the numbers look even worse for some ethnic minority groups:

• One in two (more than 50%) of Hispanic men and women and non-Hispanic black women are predicted to develop the disease

• Over the 26 years of study, the lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes for the average American 20-year-old rose from 20% for men and 27% for women in 1985–1989, to 40% for men and 39% for women in 2000–2011. The largest increases were in Hispanic men and women, and non-Hispanic black women, for whom lifetime risk now exceeds 50%.

• The lifetime risk of developing diabetes is the same for men and women. The study’s authors noted that while more people are being diagnosed with diabetes, they are also living longer with the disease. This puts a strain on our healthcare system and will continue to increase the need for health services, as well as increase the costs to manage the disease. Care is improving, but the rate of incidence is growing because of more obesity, bigger food portion sizes, greater total dietary intake, and individuals using less energy.

Symptoms: Diabetes doesn't always have obvious signs, but possible symptoms include:

  •   Increased thirst
  •   Increased hunger
  •   Fatigue
  •   Increased urination, especially at night
  •   Weight loss
  •   Blurred vision

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes often appear suddenly and are often the reason for checking blood sugar levels. Because symptoms of other types of diabetes and prediabetes come on more gradually or may not be evident, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recommended screening guidelines. The ADA recommends that the following people be screened for diabetes:

Anyone with a body mass index higher than 25, regardless of age, who has additional risk factors, such as high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, a history of polycystic ovary syndrome, having delivered a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds, a history of diabetes in pregnancy, high cholesterol levels, a history of heart disease, and having a close relative with diabetes.

Anyone older than age 45 is advised to receive an initial blood sugar screening, and then, if the results are normal, to be screened every three years thereafter.      

For additional information on Diabetes, please click here ...


Did you know......

NorthShore University HealthSystem offers numerous clinical trials for different types of cancers. Please call the Kellogg Cancer Care Center at 847.570.2110 for more information.

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