Mountainside Hospital offers comprehensive programs to combat diabetes

June 17, 2010 12:30 PM

Montclair, New Jersey – In recognition of American Diabetes Alert Day, Mountainside Hospital offered free glucose screenings and educational materials to all participants of the hospital’s March 23 event. The day’s events were aimed at calling attention to the serious disease affecting nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States, including an estimated 700,000 adults in New Jersey. According to state health officials, the incidence of diabetes in New Jersey has increased by an astounding 64% in the past decade. If current trends continue, one in three children born today will face a future with diabetes.

Common symptoms of diabetes include intense thirst, increased fatigue, excessive hunger, frequent urination, abnormal weight loss or weight gain, and blurred vision. In addition to smoking and lack of exercise, certain health problems that can lead to diabetes include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.

Diabetes prevention, treatment, and self management education at the Mountainside Hospital Diabetes Center
The Mountainside Hospital Diabetes Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for Quality Self-Management Education and offers comprehensive care including support groups for patients, parents, caregivers and other family members; training in self-monitoring of blood glucose; medication management and nutrition counseling. Led by Barbara A. Koegel, M.S.N, R.N., C.D.E., and Deanna E. Lawatsch, M.A., R.D., C.D.E., The Mountainside Hospital Diabetes Center helps patients address the physical, emotional and lifestyle concerns associated with a diagnosis of diabetes.

Obesity and diabetes
Almost 90 percent of people newly diagnosed with diabetes are overweight or obese, according to the American Diabetes Association. An obese person has double the risk of developing diabetes, and a severely obese person has ten times the risk. In severe cases of obesity, usually when the patient is 80 to 100 or more pounds overweight, bariatric surgery may be used to alter or reconstruct the stomach and/or intestinal tract in order to cause significant weight loss.

Proven weight loss success
Bariatric surgery is currently considered to be the most effective long-term treatment for obesity and often leads to marked improvements in diabetes. According to estimates, less than 5% of individuals who participate in non-surgical weight loss programs will lose a significant amount of weight and maintain that loss for a long period of time. Sustained weight loss for patients who are morbidly obese is even harder to achieve. Worse, people who subject their bodies to a severe and continuing cycle of weight loss and gain known as "yo-yo dieting," are subject to serious health risks.

Nationally recognized Center of Excellence
Led by acclaimed weight loss surgeon Dr. Karl Strom, the Mountainside Center for Advanced Bariatric Surgery is a recognized Center of Excellence. Highly experienced in successful weight loss strategies and surgery, Mountainside offers a range of less-invasive laparoscopic procedures, including gastric bypass and gastric banding.

The Mountainside bariatric surgery team includes cardiologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, endocrinologists, surgeons, dietitians and behavioral health experts, all working together to develop a personalized care plan for every patient. This care plan includes extensive education and evaluation before surgery, and the lifetime follow-up care and education crucial to keeping the weight off and staying healthy.

About Mountainside Hospital
As one of the most successful bariatric programs in New Jersey, Mountainside Hospital also offers the expertise and support necessary for patients to make lasting changes. From nutrition counseling and group support to individual therapy and the latest advances in bariatric weight loss surgery, Mountainside Hospital offers world-class experience in a convenient, community setting.

Mountainside Hospital has been serving community health needs since 1891. Today, the 365-bed private hospital is devoted to delivering personalized, primary-care centered services while also functioning as a learning center via its nursing school and affiliations with other educational institutions. Within Mountainside Hospital, patients have immediate access to the finest, most current treatment alternatives at specialized centers which focus on ambulatory care, women’s health, cancer care, congestive heart failure and other needs. Among community hospitals statewide, Mountainside is one of a small, select group approved to provide emergency angioplasty and physician triage in its Emergency Room. For further information about care at Mountainside Hospital, go to or call (973) 429-6000.



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