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  1. I have been diagnosed with pseudo seizures. Since females in my family have a history of diabetes, should I also be tested for this? Do diabetic seizures show abnormal EEG waves? (30 Sep 2007)

  2. I have a burning sensation in my feet and feel drowsy most of the time. My father's had diabetes since the age of 28. Do I have diabetes? (30 Sep 2007)

  3. My son has been having early morning seizures when his blood sugar is in range. The doctors said they're not hypoglycemic, but are diabetes related. Have you heard of this? (30 Sep 2007)

  4. My 12-year-old son has been having erratic blood sugars. Could he be entering puberty? Could anxiety be contributing to the fluctuations? (30 Sep 2007)

  5. Because he had ketones and an elevated blood sugar, I took my son to an endocrinologist. All antibody tests were negative, but my son still has occasional high blood sugars at home. Why would he have random highs? If it's early diabetes, how long until we see more consistent highs? (29 Sep 2007)

  6. My work schedule can be hectic so I have erratic blood sugars. Should I change from injections to a pump? (28 Sep 2007)

  7. At 21 weeks, my blood sugars were normal during my three hour glucose tolerance test, but they want me to take it again at 28 weeks because I failed my initial one hour test. Why do I need the second test? (28 Sep 2007)

  8. In the past year, we've had to replace three Cozmo pumps. Do you have patients who've had the same bad luck with this pump? Is there any rating of pumps? (26 Sep 2007)

  9. I've read about procedures being done in other countries to cure diabetes. Are such procedures being done in the U.S. as well? (26 Sep 2007)

  10. Four years ago, I had an elevated fasting blood sugar. Since changing my diet and exercising, my A1cs have remained under 6.0. What type of diabetes do I have? (24 Sep 2007)

  11. We give our son insulin based on his blood sugar and don't count carbohydrates. What are the pros and cons of these two methods of dosing insulin? (24 Sep 2007)

  12. At a recent doctor's appointment, my blood work revealed some abnormal results and an elevated A1c. My blood sugars have been higher since I've had joint pain. Could the pain be related to my diabetes? (24 Sep 2007)

  13. When I was pumping, which I will soon be doing again, I took 38.4 units of insulin daily. I've been taking 42 units of Lantus. Is it normal to need more Lantus than fast acting insulin in a pump? Am I taking a lot of insulin? Would a high dose interfere with weight loss? (24 Sep 2007)

  14. Ever since his diagnosis, my son has had varying blood sugars, mostly high. He takes NPH and Regular. Should we switch him to different insulins? (24 Sep 2007)

  15. Despite elevated readings during my glucose tolerance test, my doctor said I do not have diabetes because my A1c was only 5.1. Could my A1c have been low because I was eating only twice a day and had lower blood sugars? (24 Sep 2007)

  16. Tests confirmed my teen daughter has Premature Ovarian Failure. Where can we find a specialist to determine the viability of her eggs and how/when/if they can be harvested? (24 Sep 2007)

  17. Diagnosed with gestational diabetes, my post meal blood sugars are fine, but my fasting blood sugars are slightly elevated. What does this mean? (24 Sep 2007)

  18. I met with a dietitian/diabetes specialist who told me I must be wheat intolerant and will have diabetes in 24 months based on family history. Am I destined to get type 1? (22 Sep 2007)

  19. What is the recommended practice for exercise with elevated blood glucose without ketones? (21 Sep 2007)

  20. Where can an uninsured mom find help for her son who has symptoms of diabetes? (21 Sep 2007)

  21. When diagnosed, my daughter's blood sugar was over 1200 mg/dl [66.6 mmol/L]. Overall, she is well, but cannot focus and regressed academically. Could she have suffered brain damage or is this some type of post-traumatic stress? (21 Sep 2007)

  22. As a person with type 1, how can I lose weight? I have been reducing my insulin, exercising and eating healthy. (21 Sep 2007)

  23. My son has developed atrial fibrillation. How will this affect his diabetes? (20 Sep 2007)

  24. Despite having mostly in range readings, according to his meter, my son's A1c was 11.7, up from 9.6. Since he is very active, we are baffled. How can his A1c be so high? How can we help bring it down? (20 Sep 2007)

  25. How much do high blood sugars affect cognitive ability? (19 Sep 2007)

  26. Diagnosed a month ago, my son's antibody tests were negative. His C-Peptide was almost normal. Why? If he's in his honeymoon, should we get his C-Peptide checked again later? How can we get his body to continue to produce insulin? (18 Sep 2007)

  27. After a recent episode of DKA, my teen daughter, who'd had a 10.4 A1c, starting having many low blood sugars even though she we have reduced her insulin and she has gone back on a pump. What could be going on? (18 Sep 2007)

  28. What ever happened to the ear glucometer that was supposed to check blood glucose levels by attaching a clip to your ear? (18 Sep 2007)

  29. Since starting on Prozac, I've had almost no appetite and I've had constant stomach problems. Have others experienced this? How have they coped? (18 Sep 2007)

  30. Recently, at school, my son had an inappropriate outburst in the nurse's office. His blood sugar was high at the time. Could his high have caused his behavior? Or, could his behavior have been brought on by the up and down blood sugars he had all week? (15 Sep 2007)

  31. The doctor suggested I check my son's blood sugar after I mentioned some previous highs. Based on one reading at home, the doctor diagnosed my son with diabetes, but only suggested diet and exercise. Is this the right thing to do? Could he really have diabetes? (15 Sep 2007)

  32. Can we consider insulin resistance as a tolerance or resistance to previous excessive or increased exposure of sugar or/and insulin in type 2 diabetics? (15 Sep 2007)

  33. Based on one elevated fasting reading, an endocrinologist diagnosed my daughter with type 1. But, after a small breakfast, her blood sugar was in range. The endocrinologist still wants her on insulin. Based on her home readings, what is going on? (15 Sep 2007)

  34. When tested, my toddler's blood sugar was 151 mg/dl [8.4 mmol/L]. The doctor said this is high, but not high enough to be diabetes. What could be going on? Is there anything I should do to help my daughter? (14 Sep 2007)

  35. At our teen's first appointment with an adult endocrinologist, we were shocked at how little time the doctor spent with us and how little he addressed. Is this normal for an adult endocrinologist? (14 Sep 2007)

  36. I know a young lady who has frequent low blood sugars requiring the assistance of another person. Two doctors have told her they will treat her "when she develops diabetes." Where can she find help? (13 Sep 2007)

  37. When I picked up my son's prescriptions, I noticed expiration dates earlier than those on the previous prescriptions.Should I be concerned with this? (13 Sep 2007)

  38. The endocrinologist wants my son to take Lipitor for high cholesterol. Is this safe since he's only 11? What are its long term effects? (13 Sep 2007)

  39. Since I've moved to Germany, my A1cs have been consistently higher even though my meter averages have gone down. There is a discrepancy in A1c measurement between Germany and the U.S. Are you aware of this? (13 Sep 2007)

  40. How I can calculate my actual Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)? I'm very concerned because my last two microalbumin/creatinine tests were high. (13 Sep 2007)

  41. A year after diagnosis and steadily increasing insulin, my 11-year-old's insulin needs have dropped by about half. What could be going on? (12 Sep 2007)

  42. In 1990, I was diagnosed with type 1, but I was able to stop insulin in early 2001. My blood sugars remained in range until today, when I had some elevated numbers. Is my diabetes back? Could my Wellbutrin be causing the higher blood sugars? (12 Sep 2007)

  43. Over the years, my daughter's had headaches, bladder infections, a kidney issue, etc. Are these early signs of diabetes? I'm concerned because her dad has type 1. (11 Sep 2007)

  44. Using my home monitor, my son's fasting blood sugars have been 140 mg/dl [7.8 mmol/L], but his post meal blood sugars have been fine. Could he have diabetes? He is overweight, but has no other symptoms. (11 Sep 2007)

  45. Does water cause my child's blood sugar to drop even if he has a normal blood sugar reading? (11 Sep 2007)

  46. Where can I get insulin pump supplies at no cost? My husband is on disability and I currently have no insurance. (8 Sep 2007)

  47. With a history of high A1cs and hypoglycemic unawareness, my husband wants to get a continuous sensor. I've had good A1cs and don't feel the need for one. How do I get him to see my point of view? Or, would a sensor actually make my life simpler? (8 Sep 2007)

  48. Can type 1 diabetes be induced? I am concerned about Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. (8 Sep 2007)

  49. Our son turns 18 in August and is not ready to "face the world." Are there any transitional type camps or facilities to help him become more independent? (8 Sep 2007)

  50. Since he had a hypoglycemic seizure recently, my three year old keeps saying he's seeing someone who's out to get him. He's very scared. Is this related to the seizure? (8 Sep 2007)

  51. For nine months, since displaying some symptoms of diabetes, my young daughter has had intermittent high blood sugars that eventually come down on their own. Is it normal for a child to spike over 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L] routinely after a meal? If not, what should we do? I'm worried about long-term damage. (8 Sep 2007)

  52. Do you have any information about using n-acetyl glucosamine in conjunction with their normal insulin regamin? Is there any risk taking it? (8 Sep 2007)

  53. Newly diagnosed, my son is on Humalog and NPH in the morning. Can I premix the insulins at 5 a.m., two hours before he gives himself the injection? (4 Sep 2007)


The Diabetes Team

Physicians
Bill Jones, MD (Specialist in the management of diabetes during pregnancy, member since April 1997)
Marco Songini, MD (Italy) (Pediatric, adolescent, and adult endocrinologist and diabetologist, member since April 1997)
Larry Deeb, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since July 1998)
John Schulga, MBChB MRCGP MRCP FRCPCH (UK) (Consultant Paediatrician in childhood and adolescent diabetes and endocrinology, member since July 1999)
Stuart Brink, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since October 1999)
Matthew Brown, MD (Pediatrician and a Pediatric Diabetologist, member since January 2000)
Jim Lane, MD (Adult Endocrinologist, member since November 2000)
David Schwartz, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since May 2001)
Andrea Scaramuzza, MD (Italy) (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since October 2003)
Fran Kaufman, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since August 2006)
Linda DiMeglio, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist)

Nurses
Barb Schreiner, RN, MPH, CDE (Diabetes Nurse Specialist, member since July 2002)
Jane Seley, RN, GNP, MPH, MSN, CDE, CHES (Diabetes Nurse Practitioner, member since August 2002)
Joe Solowiejczyk, RN, MSW (Family Therapist, member since April 2010)
Linda Mackowiak, RN, MS, FNP, CDE (Diabetes Nurse Specialist)

Psychologists
Jill Weissberg-Benchell, PhD (Medical Psychology and Psychiatry, member since January 2000)

Dietitians
James Michael Schurig, MS, RD, LD, CDE (Dietitian, member since December 2000)

Exercise Physiologists
Rick Philbin, M.Ed., A.T.C., C.S.C.S (Sports Medicine, member since July 2004)

Researchers
Lois Schmidt Finney, RD, MPH, CDE (DPT-1 Research Coordinator, member since July 1998)
Heather Speer, MPH, CCRC, CDE (Clinical Diabetes Research and Education Coordinator, member since July 1998)

Social Workers
Debbie Butler, CDE, MSW, LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, member since October 2004)


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