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  1. My teen's son's A1c is up to 9. He does all his own diabetes care. Many of the numbers on his meter are high. Am I missing something? His kidneys were fine and he tested negative for celiac. (29 Sep 2009)

  2. Since his diagnosis with type 1, my son has had seasonal allergies and asthma. He has also had mycoplasma once a year. What could we do to avoid it this year? (29 Sep 2009)

  3. On Mixtard 30, NovoRapid and Lantus, my daughter spends a lot of time high. Our doctor's suggestions aren't very helpful. What do you suggest? (29 Sep 2009)

  4. My daughter is sick about once a week and has already missed four days of school this year. Why would she be getting sick so often? (28 Sep 2009)

  5. I take R and NPH because that's all I can get in my country. Sometimes I am low. Are there any long term effects of this? When I'm high, is there a way to speed up the action of my insulin? (28 Sep 2009)

  6. I have received my son's laboratory test results. What do they mean? Am I correct in understanding that he may not have diabetes, but could get it? (27 Sep 2009)

  7. My daughter is going on a week long school trip. The attending first aid person isn't familiar with diabetes. What do you suggest? (26 Sep 2009)

  8. My recently diagnosed granddaughter has had tummy pain for months. Celiac testing was negative. Can she still be experiencing tummy pain due to "honeymoon period"? (26 Sep 2009)

  9. Since the H1N1 flu mainly affects people ages five to 24, how worried should parents of diabetic children and young adults be? (26 Sep 2009)

  10. My recently diagnosed daughter is still breast feeding. Since her family has a history of type 2, should mom stop breast feeding to eliminate the possible transfer of bad T cells to the baby? (26 Sep 2009)

  11. Do magnesium or fish oil supplements increase one's blood sugar? What alternative methods are there for treating mild depression? (25 Sep 2009)

  12. My teen son is bicycling to school. Often, but not always, his blood sugar shoots up quite high as a result of the ride. We cannot safely preempt this. Can you shed any light on this? (22 Sep 2009)

  13. After his one mile cross country runs, my son's blood sugar is elevated. Does he have exercise induced hyperglycemia? How can we get these post race readings lower? (22 Sep 2009)

  14. Will the Albuterol or Flovent my son takes for asthma affect his blood sugar? Can I give him Delsym for his cough? (21 Sep 2009)

  15. I've seen several articles indicating that Vitamin D lowering the risk for diabetes. Why are there no clear recommendations about its use by siblings of those with type 1? (21 Sep 2009)

  16. Recently, the doctor told us monitor our daughter and put her on a diet. Today, I was told to let her eat normally and take her to the Emergency Room when her blood sugar is high. Why should I do that? What is wrong with watching the carbohydrates and sugar if she is a diabetic? (20 Sep 2009)

  17. Do seasonal variations affect glucose levels/control in diabetic patients? (16 Sep 2009)

  18. I am on pain medications for an ulcer on my foot. I was told to endure the pain or have my leg amputated. If I choose the latter, I may die in three years. How can I prolong the life of my leg, my life? (16 Sep 2009)

  19. Is it possible for a person with type 1 diabetes to obtain a commercial helicopter pilots license? (15 Sep 2009)

  20. Only 39, I have been having menopause symptoms for about four years. The nurse practitioner refused to prescribe estrogen or birth control pills, recommending B6 and Neurontin. Should I get a second opinion? I am miserable. (14 Sep 2009)

  21. Diagnosed in June, our young son is not eating much, playing at the dinner table. How can we encourage our child to eat at meal times so that we do not have to worry about nighttime lows? (14 Sep 2009)

  22. Since moving to Georgia two years ago, my son has developed asthma and allergies. How can I strengthen his immune system? I have started him on probiotics, omega 3 supplements and multivitamins to help. (14 Sep 2009)

  23. My teen daughter has Addison's. When ill, her blood sugars are low. When on steroids, her blood sugars are high, but she does not have diabetes. What yearly tests should she have? We were told she was at risk for developing diabetes. (8 Sep 2009)

  24. What are the tests that should be used to diagnose type 1 and what are the routine tests to check the antibodies? (8 Sep 2009)

  25. My son's earlier tests for diabetes were in the normal range, but he recently had a seizure that was very scary. Could the seizure been caused by a low sugar? When I take him to an endocrinologist, what should I ask about? Does it sound like my son has diabetes? (8 Sep 2009)

  26. My husband and I would like to put our newly diagnosed toddler on a pump, but our endocrinologist would prefer to wait. Is there any reason why waiting may be better? (7 Sep 2009)

  27. Have there been any studies to show the link between erythema multiforme and type 1 diabetes? (7 Sep 2009)

  28. Can my daughter with type 1 be a lifeguard? (7 Sep 2009)

  29. Is it possible for the honeymoon period to come and go? (7 Sep 2009)

  30. My daughter has some of the symptoms of diabetes, but earlier tests were normal. New tests were just done, but I don't know the results. If not diabetes, what else could she have? (7 Sep 2009)

  31. Since I have type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto's thyroiditis and adrenal insufficiency, could I have PAS-II (Polyglandular Autoimmune Syndrome Type 2 (PAS-2))? (4 Sep 2009)

  32. My daughter has been waking up feeling nauseous and vomiting, with her stomach calming in a few hours. Could her blood sugar be dropping while she's asleep? Could she be developing diabetes? (4 Sep 2009)

  33. Is there a resource for helping explain to the coach the intricate needs of a soccer player with diabetes? (4 Sep 2009)

  34. My daughter has some of the symptoms of diabetes. She has had two slightly elevated fasting blood sugars at home, one after a day of no sweets. What else might cause her blood sugar to be so high? (1 Sep 2009)

  35. Why do high blood sugars and ketones cause vomiting? (1 Sep 2009)

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Marco Songini, MD (Italy) (Pediatric, adolescent, and adult endocrinologist and diabetologist, member since April 1997)
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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)

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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)

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