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Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center

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 mrwresource@northshore.org.


In the Spotlight - Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the way our bodies use digested food for growth and energy). Most of the food we eat is broken down into a form of sugar in the blood called glucose.  Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body.

After digestion, glucose passes into the bloodstream, where it is used by cells for growth and energy. For glucose to get into cells, insulin must be present. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach.

When we eat, the pancreas automatically produces the right amount of insulin to move glucose from the blood into our cells. In people with diabetes, however, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin, or the cells do not respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced. Glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine, and passes out of the body. Thus, the body loses its main source of fuel even though the blood contains large amounts of sugar.

Seems like everyone knows someone who has diabetes….

An estimated 23.5 million people in the United States (almost 8% of the population) have diabetes. Of those, who have been diagnosed, there are about 5.7 million people have not yet been diagnosed. Each year, about 1.6 million people aged 20 or older are diagnosed with diabetes.  Diabetes is a serious, life-long disease.

The three main types of diabetes are

  • type 1 diabetes
  • type 2 diabetes
  • gestational diabetes

Diabetes is associated with long-term complications that can affect almost every part of the body. This disease often leads to blindness, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage. Uncontrolled diabetes can complicate pregnancy, and birth defects are more common in babies born to women with diabetes.

Some of the signs of diabetes commonly experienced include:

Frequent urination

Excessive thirst

Increased hunger

Weight loss

Tiredness

Lack of interest and concentration

A tingling sensation or numbness in the hands or feet

 

Schedule an appointment and speak with your doctor about your diabetes risks

 

For more information on diabetes or to learn more about a variety of different health topics, please browse our health encyclopedia.