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  1. Swimming has helped me lose weight, boost my energy and give me better diabetes control. I eat a light dinner an hour beforehand. Should I eat afterwards, too? (24 Nov 2008)

  2. After years with body image problems, my teen daughter has developed bulimia, something she wants to "self medicate." Where should I seek help? (24 Nov 2008)

  3. Since my 13-year-old son is on the lower end of the growth chart, we have considered growth hormone. Would this make him insulin resistant? How long would the resistance last? (22 Nov 2008)

  4. We've heard conflicting information about including or not including sweets in our son's diet. Can you help us understand what his proper diet should be? (22 Nov 2008)

  5. After a bout with pneumonia about a year ago, my daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. Over the summer, we stopped insulin due to lows. Based on her situation and test results, is this really diabetes? The endocrinologist says yes because she tested positive for three antibodies. (22 Nov 2008)

  6. My daughter has had secondary nocturnal enuresis. She had a coxsackie virus in August. What are the odds she could now have diabetes so soon after the virus? (21 Nov 2008)

  7. My teen daughter, diagnosed with type 1 in 1996, often neglects her diabetes care. How can I help her get back on track? (21 Nov 2008)

  8. For two years, my daughter has been very sick. I now suspect she may have diabetes, even though she doesn't have too many symptoms. What is your opinion? (21 Nov 2008)

  9. Lately, my daughter's blood sugars have been over 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L]. Why would this be? Could she be insulin resistant? Can she take Avandia? (19 Nov 2008)

  10. What diabetes supplies will my daughter be able to find when she goes to Israel to study? Do you know of any doctors she could contact, if necessary? (19 Nov 2008)

  11. Now a young adult, my daughter, who was diagnosed 10 years ago, is tired of diabetes. Are there any books to help her cope? Are there any new developments on the horizon? (19 Nov 2008)

  12. My teen son had a serious low the other day that got me thinking about the future. How should we handle such situations when he goes off on his own? Also, should he get a continuous glucose monitor? (18 Nov 2008)

  13. Despite symptoms, my daughter's blood sugar was 3.4 mmol/L [61 mg/dl] at the doctor's office, not diabetes. At home, her blood sugars are often quite high. What could this be? (17 Nov 2008)

  14. I took my daughter to the pediatrician, fearing a diagnosis of diabetes. He said it was not diabetes because there was no glucose in her urine. Shouldn't he have ordered a fasting blood sugar test? Can you still have type 1 if there's no urine glucose? (17 Nov 2008)

  15. We are having an issue at school about where our son stores his meter and checks his blood sugar, especially with the nurse's office locked in the afternoon. Can you help us? (17 Nov 2008)

  16. I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, but my blood sugars are now in range. Could this be the honeymoon of LADA? Could there be some other reason for high blood sugars? Might I have been misdiagnosed? (11 Nov 2008)

  17. I'm a school nurse with a student who has type 1. The child's diet consists mainly of simple carbohydrates. How can get him to change his diet? I am worried about long term damage. (11 Nov 2008)

  18. Our recently diagnosed daughter has no problems with her NovoLog injections, but doesn't like getting her Lantus. What do you suggest? (11 Nov 2008)

  19. Does excess milking of the finger alter one's blood glucose level? (11 Nov 2008)

  20. Despite decreasing his Lantus dose, my son has been experiencing low blood sugars for several days. He has been struggling with a cold for six weeks. Are the lows related to the cold? Could it be from a late honeymoon? (9 Nov 2008)

  21. Where can I find a place here in the U.S. or anywhere in the world to take my daughter to stop her autoantibodies from destroying her pancreas? (9 Nov 2008)

  22. What is your opinion of Dr. Faustman's research using BCG vaccines? (9 Nov 2008)

  23. My friend in Egypt has a daughter with diabetes. Where can he find a doctor to help diagnose the type of virus the girl has? (8 Nov 2008)

  24. We'd like to get our newly diagnosed child a medical id. How does one choose from all the options? (8 Nov 2008)

  25. Is popcorn a fast or slow acting carbohydrate? (8 Nov 2008)

  26. Can the inhibition of insulin release, increased conversions of glucose and insulin resistance be possible as a result of increased stimulation of the PNS and excess secretion of stress hormones due to chronic stress? (6 Nov 2008)

  27. I've had type 1 for four years and am worried about my younger sister developing it. How much would vitamin D help prevent her from developing diabetes? (6 Nov 2008)

  28. When I had a recent low, I could see a bright green halo, even with my eyes closed. After treatment for the low, it went away. What could this have been? (6 Nov 2008)

  29. Diagnosed with type 1 in July, my toddler still wakes about every two hours to get a drink. Is this behavioral or related to his diabetes? His blood sugars have been in range during the night. (5 Nov 2008)

  30. I take Lyrica for neuropathy, but the dose wears off too soon. Should I take more or be on a higher dose? Are there any other helpful drugs? (5 Nov 2008)

  31. Because of his spacy behavior, I checked my grandson's blood sugar and found it elevated. The doctor said it was probably a fluke and indicated she'd check later at my grandson's next check-up. Shouldn't there be more concern? Am I worrying about nothing? (4 Nov 2008)

  32. Can vitamin D3, given in the first year of life, really prevent type 1? What effect does D3 have on the newly diagnosed? (3 Nov 2008)

  33. I took my toddler to the ER because she was lethargic. She had urine ketones, but no urine glucose, with a low blood sugar. Her blood sugars were elevated after a dextrose I.V. Could this still be diabetes? What else might have such symptoms? (3 Nov 2008)

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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)

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)

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

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)

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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