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  1. Diagnosed with type 1 in 2003, my son has had mostly low A1cs, a low C-Peptide level and negative antibodies. What do you think about his diagnosis? (26 Jun 2010)

  2. I am concerned about a boy whose family allows him to eat a lot of unhealthy foods. I think the massive sugar is not good for him, that maybe the family needs to attend a basic diabetes class. How can I help them? (24 Jun 2010)

  3. Blood work indicated my son's blood sugar was elevated so he was hospitalized. His blood sugars varied and he tested positive for antibodies, but the endocrinologist was not ready to treat him because he wasn't consistently high. What is your opinion? (18 Jun 2010)

  4. Although she tested negative for antibodies two years ago, my youngest daughter is now showing symptoms of diabetes, Can you test negative, but later be positive, for antibodies? If the results can differ each year, why bother having the testing done every year? (15 Jun 2010)

  5. Are there any laws or guidelines or recommendations for teens with type 1 who are driving? (14 Jun 2010)

  6. My son has viral meningitis. Since there is a strong tie with enteroviruses and type 1, is there a way to be proactive to watch for any signs of an attack on his beta cells? Should I consider enrolling him in a clinical trial to preserve his beta cells? (8 Jun 2010)

  7. Though otelixizumab is for the treatment of newly onset diabetes, would my daughter, who has been taking insulin for over 10 years, benefit from taking it? She has been gaining weight despite doing all that she's supposed to do to control her diabetes. (8 Jun 2010)

  8. Diagnosed a month ago, my son was having many lows so the endocrinologist changed his insulin-to-carbohydrate ratios, the ones for breakfast and lunch drastically. Why would he make such drastic changes? I am now concerned about highs. (8 Jun 2010)

  9. My daughter was just diagnosed and I am concerned about having to limit her carbohydrates drastically to avoid blood sugar spikes. Is this normal? Will I ever be able to give her more than five grams of carbohydrates at a time? (8 Jun 2010)

  10. What cream do you recommend for healing the skin at the pump site? (8 Jun 2010)

  11. After several months with lack of weight gain and increase thirst, my grandson had an elevated random blood sugar, a normal fasting blood sugar. When on a diabetic diet, he is asymptomatic. Off the diet, the symptoms recur. Should we be concerned? Should we consider taking him to an endocrinologist? (7 Jun 2010)

  12. My son's endocrinologist is leaving and has recommended a pediatrician that specializes in diabetes, a diabetologist. What does this mean? I am more comfortable with an endocrinologist. (7 Jun 2010)

  13. My daughter sees a nutritionist, counselor, pediatrician and regular diabetes doctors, but we are looking for a better option for the treatment of her diabetes and anorexia. What do you recommend? (5 Jun 2010)


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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