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In observance of Wold Diabetes Day, we are taking a deeper drive into whether or not it's safe for a diabetic to follow the ketogenic (keto) diet. While the keto diet has recently gained popularity as one of the new “it” diets, it’s important to think twice before starting any diet that severely restricts any food groups, especially if you're diabetic. 

Read more: https://chsliblog.blogspot.com/2018/11/is-keto-diet-safe-for-diabetics.html
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This month, Mercy welcomed a new cohort of radiology students. Good luck to the class of 2020.
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An estimated 4% of adults in the U.S. don’t know that they have type 2 diabetes, according to new data just released by the CDC. Between 2013 and 2016, 14% of U.S. adults had any kind of diabetes. Of those, 9.7% had been diagnosed and 4.3% hadn’t. Diabetes grew more common with age. Just over 3% of adults ages 20 to 39 had diabetes, compared to 16% of adults ages 40 to 59 and 28% of adults age 60 and older. The prevalence of diabetes was higher among men, 16% of whom had diabetes. Just over 12% of women had diabetes.

Beth Freedman, MPH, RD, CDN, CDE, certified diabetes educator and diabetes program coordinator at Mercy reacted to this news. She says “We know that diabetes is very common but it is alarming to learn that 4% of adults in the U.S. are unaware that they have diabetes. Having diabetes and being undiagnosed is a dangerous combination. This study highlights the importance of going to your primary care physician for an annual wellness visit where you can get screened for diabetes. Be your own advocate and ask your doctor questions about your risk of developing diabetes as well as what you should know about your bloodwork results.”

For more information about diabetes management and education call 516-626-3729.
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In Case You Missed It

Tonight in the 3N Rehab Dining Room, from 4:30-5:30 pm, Mercy hosts Zumba for Cancer Survivors. This event is free. For more information call 516-62 MERCY or 516-626-3729.
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Tomorrow, Breast cancer survivor and local Long Island artist, Poonam Gogia, is hosting an art exhibit at the Hilton in Huntington from 4 - 8 pm. She is donating a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer services at Mercy Medical Center.

Poonam's collection largely depicts stories of Indian mythology, nature, and landscapes, in oil.
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Never Forget!

“One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.” —President George W. Bush at the Pentagon in 2008
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Happy National Nephrology Nurses Week (Sept. 9-15). The division of Nephrology at Mercy provides state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient services for patients with renal and electrolyte disorders. The department offers services in the areas of hypertension, chronic kidney disease, dialysis and renal diseases.

Visit https://mercymedicalcenter.chsli.org/nephrology or call 516 62 MERCY (516-626-3729).
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The Garden of Caring is the central courtyard of Mercy's North Pavilion, where families can gather with patients, and visitors and employees can take a break in a setting of quiet and reflection.

Established through the efforts of The Council of Leagues, the Garden of Caring provides a place for remembering, healing and hospitality.

For more info, visit https://mercymedicalcenter.chsli.org/garden-caring#
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Today is National Grateful Patient Day --- a day that provides an opportunity to show appreciation for medical professionals as well as the families/caregivers of anyone receiving life-giving medical care. It also honors the indomitable spirit of these courageous patients who are grateful to be alive.

We want to hear your inspirational stories of hope and feel free to shout out/thank anyone (family, doctors, nurses, etc.) who played a critical role in your recovery. #gratefulpatient
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