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Ohio Valley Hospital Welcomes Endocrinologist Kaye-Anne Newton., M.D.
By Nancy Kennedy


Kaye-Anne NewtonKaye-Anne Newton, M.D., has joined the staff of Ohio Valley Hospital, where she will specialize in the care of patients with diabetes, thyroid disorders and other problems of the endocrine system, which is the body’s complex system of glands and hormones. Dr. Newton is from Bermuda and earned her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. During her training, she became interested in the endocrine system and chose to make that her clinical specialty. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and then a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism, both at Howard University Hospital.

From an early age – during elementary school -Dr. Newton knew that she would seek a career in medicine. She found inspiration in all the doctors with whom she came into contact as a child, and she has never regretted her choice. “My greatest satisfaction comes from seeing my patients taking control of their health conditions and doing their part to improve their health,” she says.

Dr. Newton treats a wide range of endocrine disorders in her practice, including Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules and disorders of the pituitary and adrenal glands. By far, however, diabetes is the most common condition that she treats, due to its prevalence in the U.S. population. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s National Diabetes Statistics Report 2017, 30 million adults, or 9.4% of the adult population, has diabetes. In adults age 65 and older, that swells to 25%, and most of these people have Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can result in serious complications, including cardiovascular disease, lower leg amputations, kidney disease and vision loss; it is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

To prevent or reduce the risk of such complications, diabetes must be managed meticulously, and that means both medical management by a highly credentialed specialist like Dr. Newton, and vigilant self-care by the patient. “Patients often underestimate the significant improvement that can occur in the control of their diabetes simply by making lifestyle changes,” she says.

One of those lifestyle changes is weight reduction. “I help my overweight patients create a reasonable goal based on their physical capabilities. The most effective way to lose weight is a combination of restricting your calorie intake and increasing your activity level. In patients who are obese, there are also some prescription medications that can be added to their dietary restriction and exercise regimen to aid in further weight loss.”

Ohio Valley Hospital offers a comprehensive Diabetes Education program with a certified Diabetes Educator and an American Diabetes Association-accredited program. The program, “Living Well with Diabetes,” consists of a series of monthly classes covering all aspects of diabetes management. Interested persons will need a referral and signature from their physician. A second program, a Diabetes Support group, also meets regularly and provides peer support, education, socialization and featured speakers. Anyone who is interested may join this group.

Dr. Newton believes that every individual patient has unique health requirements. That’s why she feels strongly that they should create a healthy lifestyle and diabetes management plan for themselves based on their own identified needs, abilities, and health conditions. “Our society has become too focused on what others are doing,” she states. “Often, you will see articles in the media about what certain celebrities are eating or how they are losing weight. For some people, this may be a motivation, but for most, it is actually a deterrent. It’s important for patients to avoid comparing themselves to others and to create their own individual plan.”

Dr. Newton also treats many patients with thyroid disorders and says that this condition is being identified more frequently than in the past. “This is primarily due to the fact that more screening is being performed and many thyroid nodules are being identified accidentally, through imaging studies performed for other reasons.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Newton, call (412) 777-4364. To learn more about Ohio Valley Hospital’s diabetes education offerings, visit the web site www.ohiovalleyhospital.org/hospital-services/nutrition-services/diabetes-education.

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