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  1. Symptomatic, my son was diagnosed with type 1 in August 2007. In a short time, he was taken off Lantus and hasn't needed it since. Could he be in a long honeymoon? Might he have been misdiagnosed? (29 Jan 2009)

  2. My daughter was urinating a lot and had a high blood sugar on a home meter. At the ER, her blood sugar was normal, but I've checked her a lot at home. Based on her readings, what do you think of her situation? Should I continue to check her? I am worried this is the early onset of diabetes. (25 Jan 2009)

  3. Two years after he started having slightly elevated blood sugars, my son was diagnosed with type 1. Do many experience such a delayed onset? Should I have my other sons tested for antibodies? (24 Jan 2009)

  4. My mother-in-law dabbed honey on my daughter's tongue at birth. Could this have triggered my daughter's type 1 diabetes? She was just diagnosed in September. I am concerned because relatives continue this cultural practice. (24 Jan 2009)

  5. We check our daughter at night after doing infusion set changes. If we were exhausted and slept all night, what would be the chances she would go into DKA or a coma? (20 Jan 2009)

  6. Despite relative control of my type 1, I am worried about the future. Might any future children have diabetes, too? How can I prevent the fatigue I am experiencing? (19 Jan 2009)

  7. My teen daughter does not feel her lows, nor experience rebounds. I feel that a rebound is a "safety net" to some extent. Why does she not experience this? (19 Jan 2009)

  8. Pancreas/beta cells can either be overused or underused in type 2 diabetes. How can its overuse and under use impact or damage it? (18 Jan 2009)

  9. Now 14, my son has not grown much in the past two years. Would you recommend growth hormone treatment? What are its risks/side effects? His growth hormone was measured as extremely low so the shots were recommended. (16 Jan 2009)

  10. I had a fetal echocardiogram with my first pregnancy in the U.S., but my Canadian doctor said this is not available. What is your opinion of such a test? (16 Jan 2009)

  11. Last year, my daughter was hospitalized with high blood sugars that corrected themselves. She was diagnosed with MODY, but one doctor said they were caused by a virus. She has had four highs since. Could it still be MODY? (15 Jan 2009)

  12. My teen son was recently diagnosed with type 1, shortly after complaining of frequent thirst/urination. With a blood sugar of 580 mg/dl [32 mmol/L] and another test that was 12, how can we be sure of the diagnosis? (11 Jan 2009)

  13. What do you know about an oral insulin called Insupro? Is this safe for my child? (9 Jan 2009)

  14. My son had a slightly elevated fasting blood sugar so the doctor ordered an OGTT. Is is normal for children to have such an elevated blood sugar? Can it lead to diabetes? (9 Jan 2009)

  15. I was diagnosed with diabetes the day I found out I was pregnant. Could I have had diabetes before? Does drinking water help lower blood sugars or is it really a myth? I am now on 16 units of insulin. Is this a lot? (9 Jan 2009)

  16. What, if any, relationship would a severely elevated CPK level have with type 1 diabetes? (9 Jan 2009)

  17. My son has MODY 2. I am concerned about his A1c being too high, but several doctors have said not to worry, given the current regimen. Should I stop worrying? (7 Jan 2009)

  18. My non diabetic son's ICA 512 went from -11 to -7 in a year. What, if anything, does this mean? (7 Jan 2009)

  19. What factors, other than diet, can cause significant blood sugar fluctuations in a young girl? (7 Jan 2009)

  20. Now 12 years old, my blood sugars are always somewhat elevated, even though I have tried to correct my insulin dosages. Is puberty affecting my blood sugars? (7 Jan 2009)

  21. Do type 1 diabetics have any additional risks from gastric bypass surgery? Would it be harder to treat hypoglycemia? Would there be a greater chance of "dumping syndrome?" (7 Jan 2009)

The Diabetes Team

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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