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Diabetes Center

Diabetes2019-01-23T02:27:50-05:00

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which your blood sugar levels are higher than normal because your body is unable to make enough insulin or use it properly. If not carefully monitored, diabetes can lead to other serious problems like heart and kidney disease, stroke, blindness, and amputation.

The Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center at CentraState Medical Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting the national standard in diabetes education. The center can help you control your blood sugar and the side effects at any stage, whether you are at risk for diabetes, have just been diagnosed with prediabetes or have been living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes for years.

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Diabetes is a chronic disease in which your blood sugar levels are higher than normal because your body is unable to make enough insulin or use it properly. If not carefully monitored, diabetes can lead to other serious problems like heart and kidney disease, stroke, blindness, and amputation.

The Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center at CentraState Medical Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting the national standard in diabetes education. The center can help you control your blood sugar and the side effects at any stage, whether you are at risk for diabetes, have just been diagnosed with prediabetes or have been living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes for years.

SERVICES

A blood sugar and glucose test at the Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center can report whether you are at risk, have prediabetes or diabetes.

If a risk is identified, our diabetes educators can provide tools and programs to stop or stall the onset of diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Program offers you the support of a health coach to work toward modest lifestyle changes that may cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half. The program consists of 16 weekly sessions that provide practical tips regarding long-term dietary change, increased physical activity, on-going support for weight loss, and stress management. You’ll also have monthly follow up meetings for one year and the support of others trying to make the same changes. Medicare may cover this year-long program.

Individuals can meet for a one-on-one assessment with a diabetes educator, who will review your medical history, teach blood glucose monitoring, perform a foot exam that will assess sensitivity, and provide preliminary meal planning guidance.

Our certified diabetes educators (registered nurses and dietitians) will work closely with you and your physician to create a diabetes management program that meets your unique needs including weight loss, meal plans, and support.

Diabetes education is one of the cornerstones of diabetes treatment. In fact, studies show that people have significantly high success rates in controlling their diabetes when medically monitored and properly educated on disease management. Research has also found that people at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, including those who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, can prevent the progression of diabetes with proper diet and exercise.

The diabetes education program at the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center is designed to help you understand your diabetes diagnosis and develop management strategies. While each patient’s journey is different, the ultimate goal is to reduce your risk of long-term complications and help you live a healthier life.

After the initial assessment, we recommend participation in group education classes including:

  • Individualized meal and fitness plans
  • Monitoring, medications, and risk reduction
  • Self-care and stress management

A follow-up visit is scheduled to review the goals you’ve accomplished and ensure you are responding appropriately to treatment.

The center also offers instructions on insulin administration and pumps, individual nutrition consultations, and gestational diabetes education.

MANAGING DIABETES

Controlling your blood sugar is the key to preventing diabetes complications. Once diagnosed with diabetes, learning to control it with medication and lifestyle changes can be challenging. A primary care physician can help you manage the disease and can refer you to diabetes educators and certified health coaches at CentraState for additional management tools, resources, and support.

The Novo Nordisk Diabetes Pump Program provides special insulin pump classes presented by a registered nurse and a registered dietitian. Topics include:

  • An in-depth discussion of diabetes
  • The function of insulin when produced by the pancreas versus the insulin pump
  • The benefits and risks of the insulin pump
  • The signs, causes and treatment of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia
  • Prevention of DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis)
  • Sick day management
  • Nutritional management, including carbohydrate counting.

A physician prescription/referral from your health care provider is required. After the class, we assist patients in starting their insulin pump during a separate visit to the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center.

Diabetes can cause nerve damage and poor blood circulation, which can make the feet vulnerable to ulcers (sores) and other problems. If you have diabetes, it’s very important to see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can help you manage issues before they become more serious, which can significantly reduce the risk of amputation.

Physicians specializing in podiatric medicine and surgery are key members of the multidisciplinary team at the Central Jersey Wound Treatment Center located at CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus. They work with advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, and other physician specialists, including general, vascular, and plastic surgeons. Together, they help diagnose and treat non-healing wounds and ulcers resulting from diabetes.

Our goal is to keep you and your baby safe and healthy. If you are an expectant mother with gestational diabetes, our diabetes educators will provide you with an individualized meal plan and teach you how and when to test your blood sugar. A physician referral or prescription is required to schedule this two-hour appointment.

It is recommended that you also schedule a follow-up appointment after delivery to help reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

PHYSICIANS

Leslie Sojka, M.D. LS

Leslie Sojka, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Sunanda Krishna, M.D. SK

Sunanda Krishna, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Zeeshan Khan, M.D.

Zeeshan Khan, M.D.

Family Medicine, Geriatrics

Farag Mankarios, M.D. FM

Farag Mankarios, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Joseph Raccuglia, M.D.

Joseph Raccuglia, M.D.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Marc Feingold, M.D.

Marc Feingold, M.D.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Mubina Shah, M.D. MS

Mubina Shah, M.D.

Family Medicine

Robert Pedowitz, D.O.

Robert Pedowitz, D.O.

Family Medicine

Spencer Kroll, M.D., Ph.D.

Spencer Kroll, M.D., Ph.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Joshua Raymond, M.D.

Joshua Raymond, M.D.

Family Medicine, Geriatrics

Philip Angello, M.D. PA

Philip Angello, M.D.

Family Medicine

Nivedita Sharma, M.D.

Nivedita Sharma, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Richa Gopal, M.D.

Richa Gopal, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Edward Stoner, M.D.

Edward Stoner, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Julie Stern, M.D.

Julie Stern, M.D.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Stuti Agrawal, M.D.

Stuti Agrawal, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Shira Meyer, DO

Shira Meyer, DO

Internal Medicine

Alicia Dermer, M.D.

Alicia Dermer, M.D.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Charisma Lanez, DO

Charisma Lanez, DO

Family Medicine

Neil Agrawal, M.D.

Neil Agrawal, M.D.

Family Medicine

Nancy Peters, M.D.

Nancy Peters, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Pediatrics

Sabine Paul-Yee, M.D.

Sabine Paul-Yee, M.D.

Family Medicine

Jaclyn Guliano, MD

Jaclyn Guliano, MD

Family Medicine

Lisa Mellor, M.D.

Lisa Mellor, M.D.

Family Medicine

Vinod Shetty, M.D. VS

Vinod Shetty, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Alexander Petcu, M.D.

Alexander Petcu, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Paul Luparello, M.D.

Paul Luparello, M.D.

Internal Medicine

James Covalesky, DO JC

James Covalesky, DO

Internal Medicine

Jacqueline Zuckerbrod, D.O.

Jacqueline Zuckerbrod, D.O.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Kalpeshkumar Patel, M.D. KP

Kalpeshkumar Patel, M.D.

Family Medicine

Frederic Heitzer, M.D.

Frederic Heitzer, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Indu Gopal, M.D. IG

Indu Gopal, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Hammad Abdelquader, M.D. HA

Hammad Abdelquader, M.D.

Family Medicine

Keshav Prasad, M.D. KP

Keshav Prasad, M.D.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Farida Hassan, M.D. FH

Farida Hassan, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Kenneth Ordene, M.D.

Kenneth Ordene, M.D.

Endocrinology

Maher Youssef, M.D., F.A.C.P

Maher Youssef, M.D., F.A.C.P

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

David Lombardi, M.D. DL

David Lombardi, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Rupa Panchal, M.D. RP

Rupa Panchal, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Taru Sinha, M.D.

Taru Sinha, M.D.

Family Medicine

Antero Gonzales, M.D. AG

Antero Gonzales, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Kenneth Eng, D.O.

Kenneth Eng, D.O.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Maria Ciminelli, M.D.

Maria Ciminelli, M.D.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Atul Bhasin, M.D.

Atul Bhasin, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Paul Axelrad, M.D.

Paul Axelrad, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Melissa Young, M.D.

Melissa Young, M.D.

Endocrinology

Alexander Goldberg, M.D. AG

Alexander Goldberg, M.D.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Christopher Skeehan, M.D.

Christopher Skeehan, M.D.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Jayanthi Talamati, M.D. JT

Jayanthi Talamati, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Christopher Wong, M.D.

Christopher Wong, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Fiolakemi Sowemimo, M.D. FS

Fiolakemi Sowemimo, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Mugurel Cherciu, M.D. MC

Mugurel Cherciu, M.D.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Howard Katz, D.O. HK

Howard Katz, D.O.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Natalya Avanesova, M.D. NA

Natalya Avanesova, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Miah Kim, D.O. MK

Miah Kim, D.O.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Geronima Alday, M.D.

Geronima Alday, M.D.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Eric Wininger, M.D.

Eric Wininger, M.D.

Endocrinology

Omar Nabulsi, M.D. ON

Omar Nabulsi, M.D.

Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine

Minakshi Nijhawan, M.D. MN

Minakshi Nijhawan, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Orlando Mills, M.D., M.P.H. OM

Orlando Mills, M.D., M.P.H.

Family Medicine, Primary Care

Harneet Kaur, M. D. HK

Harneet Kaur, M. D.

Internal Medicine, Nephrology

Howard Schoenfeld, D.O. HS

Howard Schoenfeld, D.O.

Family Medicine

Dan Sandru, MD DS

Dan Sandru, MD

Family Medicine

Kenneth Faistl, M.D.

Kenneth Faistl, M.D.

Family Medicine, Geriatrics

Leonard Schindel, M.D. LS

Leonard Schindel, M.D.

Geriatrics, Internal Medicine

Charles Hayne, D.O.

Charles Hayne, D.O.

Family Medicine

Eduard Fuzaylov, M. D. EF

Eduard Fuzaylov, M. D.

Internal Medicine

Martin Luria, M.D. ML

Martin Luria, M.D.

Endocrinology

Jay Cutler, M.D. JC

Jay Cutler, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Rudolph Borgersen, D.O. RB

Rudolph Borgersen, D.O.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Regina Rossi, DO RR

Regina Rossi, DO

Internal Medicine

Philip Dennis, M.D. PD

Philip Dennis, M.D.

Family Medicine

Maria Espinar Ho, M.D. ME

Maria Espinar Ho, M.D.

Family Medicine

Atul Maini, M.D. AM

Atul Maini, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Nephrology

Tushar Mistry, M.D. TM

Tushar Mistry, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Shilpi  Singh, MD SS

Shilpi Singh, MD

Endocrinology

Mira Kaga, M.D. MK

Mira Kaga, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Sonia Rijh-Singhani, M.D. SR

Sonia Rijh-Singhani, M.D.

Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Vijay Saaraswat, M.D. VS

Vijay Saaraswat, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Shikha Majumdar, M.D. SM

Shikha Majumdar, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Yaw Ofori-Behome, M.D.

Yaw Ofori-Behome, M.D.

Family Medicine

Rekha Gohel, M.D. RG

Rekha Gohel, M.D.

Geriatrics, Internal Medicine

Abhijit Chatterjee, M.D.

Abhijit Chatterjee, M.D.

Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Prathibha Potharlanka, M.D. PP

Prathibha Potharlanka, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Primary Care

Deepali Prasad, M.D. DP

Deepali Prasad, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Nephrology

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