Free Blood Pressure & Diabetes Screening in Paramus
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, December 17, 2012, 01:45 PM EST
Untreated hypertension may lead to heart attack or stroke. Even without noticeable symptoms, unsuspecting victims of high blood pressure may experience significant health effects. Paramus Health Officer, Judith Migliaccio reminds us that because hypertension can be treated, early detection is necessary for good management. Healthy eating and daily physical activity can have beneficial results. For that reason, Paramus residents will be offered several opportunities in January to have their blood pressure checked by the Borough nurses.
Hypertension screening will be offered along with blood testing for diabetes at Borough Hall on Wednesday, January 16th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. On this date an appointment is necessary and can be made by calling the Board of Health. Residents are invited to drop in to the Board of Health without an appointment on the fourth Friday of the month, January 25th, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
A decrease in daily physical activity along with an increase in the consumption of high calorie foods has resulted in an epidemic of diabetes in our country. Other risk factors for diabetes include being over age 40, being overweight or having a known diabetic as a close relative. Consistent high blood sugar may result in increased thirst and urinary frequency or change in vision.
The Board of Health offers an opportunity for blood glucose testing on January 16th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A simple finger stick yields immediate results and anyone with an elevated response will be advised to see their own physician. For accurate test results, no alcohol may be taken 24 hours prior to testing and simple dietary rules must be followed by a 2 hour fast. For complete instructions and an appointment please call the nurses office at 201-265-2100, Ext. 615 or 618.
Board of Health President, Dr. Holly Driscoll encourages residents to take advantage of these valuable services offered to Paramus residents.