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The free screening program for diabetes and hypertension will be offered again for all Paramus residents according to Judith Migliaccio, Borough Health Officer. This health prevention program will be available on Thursday, October 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Paramus Borough Hall. Pre-registration is necessary; call the Board of Health Nurses for an appointment and dietary instructions at 201-265-2100, Ext. 2307 or 2308.
Persons who are over 40 years old, overweight, or related to a diabetic should be tested for diabetes once or twice a year. Those being screened are advised to refrain from alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to testing as alcohol consumption can alter the test. Following the dietary instructions is important for the test results to be accurate.
Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick or have noticeable symptoms, but even without being aware of the changes irreparable damage to the heart and other organs can occur. Therefore, it is very important to have your blood pressure checked regularly, Mrs. Migliaccio added. Hypertension is a treatable condition which can be monitored with the help of the Board of Health Nurses.
Board of Health member Dr. Diamantis Kyriakakis invites residents to take advantage of this important health service.