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  1. We are going to Europe for a cruise. How do we adjust our son's Levemir dose? (30 Apr 2009)

  2. My young son will eat only a very limited diet and refuses to try a wider variety of healthier options. What do you recommend? (30 Apr 2009)

  3. Despite negative tests done by an endocrinologist, my daughter has occasional high post food blood sugars. Why would this be? My son has been wetting his bed and recently had a low blood sugar when he felt dizzy. Should I be concerned? (30 Apr 2009)

  4. After sports, my teen son's blood sugar is quite high, but is low by morning. How can we avoid these sports related swings? (30 Apr 2009)

  5. Lately, my son has been breaking blood vessels in his fingers. Could the vessels be weak from the frequent blood sugar tests we do? How can we prevent this from happening? (29 Apr 2009)

  6. My toddler does not seem to be in a honeymoon and has higher blood sugars. The endocrinologists are happy, but I am concerned about organ damage. What should we do differently? (29 Apr 2009)

  7. For six weeks, I have given my daughter insulin only three times when her blood sugar was over 250 mg/dl [13.9 mmol/L]. We are limiting her carbohydrates and feel that we can heal her pancreas. What is your opinion? (29 Apr 2009)

  8. Diagnosed with type 1 last year, my young son has been stuttering a lot and experiencing trouble while speaking. Is this due to a sugar imbalance? (28 Apr 2009)

  9. My blood sugars are very elevated since my recent gallbladder surgery, but I was told they would level out. Shouldn't they have leveled out by now? The surgery was three weeks ago. Could I end up in a diabetic coma before I get to see the doctor? (21 Apr 2009)

  10. How promising is human proislet peptide (HIP) as a possible treatment for type 1 diabetes? (21 Apr 2009)

  11. Following a very low blood sugar, my daughter was very confused. What can you tell me about this behavior? In the past, she would get violent when low. She is now in Fairbanks, Alaska and does not have an endocrinologist. (21 Apr 2009)

  12. My son's school wants a doctor's note each time he is absent. Is there something that says a parental note is okay if the absence is diabetes related? My son has missed several days recently as we become familiar with his new pump. (21 Apr 2009)

  13. My endocrinologist determined that I have gallstones and an inflammed gallbladder that is to be removed shortly. What will the absence of the gallbladder do to my blood sugars? Did diabetes cause the inflammation? Will my gallbladder removal cure my stomach problems? (17 Apr 2009)

  14. Could the Neurontin I was given recently be an effective treatment for pain relief from gastroparesis? I was prescribed it for right side abdominal pain, the cause of which is unclear. (17 Apr 2009)

  15. Several years ago, my young daughter started having hypoglycemia. A dietary adjustment eliminated the problems. Recently, her low blood sugars have recurred. Based on family history, should she be tested for MODY? (17 Apr 2009)

  16. Do people with type 2 diabetes, especially those on insulin and those with insulin resistance, develop autonomic dysfunction (sympathetic) at any stage? (13 Apr 2009)

  17. The school nurse doesn't approve of in-class blood sugar testing. Do I have the right to insist my daughter be allowed to test her blood sugar in the classroom? (13 Apr 2009)

  18. Medicaid will not pay for my cousin's medicine or syringes and she needs four shots a day. What can she do? (9 Apr 2009)

  19. Does hyperglycemia cause an increase in appetite or a loss of appetite? (7 Apr 2009)

  20. For two months, my son's Levemir dose provided better control. In the past two months, he's been waking up high after being in range at 1 to 2 a.m. Other than getting up a 4 a.m. to give him a correction shot of Humalog, what do you suggest? (7 Apr 2009)

  21. Since her diagnosis three months ago, my young daughter has gained five pounds and developed an aversion to exercise. Are both of these things common? (7 Apr 2009)

  22. Is there any truth to the statistic that a child with type 1 has a 6% chance of being "dead in bed" over the course of their life? (7 Apr 2009)

  23. Is diabetes insipidus in combination with smaller than normal optic nerves enough to point to DIDMOAD? (5 Apr 2009)

  24. My son was recently diagnosed with type 1. He tested negative for antibodies. Can just a viral illness kill the islet cells even if you have no antibodies? How often does this occur? (5 Apr 2009)

  25. My 10-year-old son has an A1c of 7.5, high cholesterol and high creatinine. I was told he has poor blood sugar control. How are these findings indicative of poor blood sugar control? (4 Apr 2009)

  26. I was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 23. My mother read that some women develop type 1 after they stop taking Depo-Provera. What do you know about this? (4 Apr 2009)

  27. Recently, my neighbor has begun to repeat what others say, verbatim. Is this an indication of a habit or something else? (4 Apr 2009)

  28. My son has been having "quaky" spells for almost two years. Tests for diabetes were negative. Recently, we've been checking his blood sugar when he feels "quaky." Results have been elevated and normal. Have we caught type 1 very early? (4 Apr 2009)

  29. My son's diagnosis has inspired to apply to medical school, writing about diabetes being his motivation. Do you see this as a hindrance or not? I am concerned it may be seen as a negative. (4 Apr 2009)


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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