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  1. Born without a pancreas, my adult son was not expected to survive. Where can he get financial help? Has his brain been affected by the many reactions he's had? If he has children, will they be affected? (23 May 2012)

  2. My doctor switched me to Victoza but I have had nothing but elevated blood sugars since. Should I go back on insulin? (16 May 2012)

  3. My young son has been having some of the symptoms of diabetes and had elevated readings during an informal glucose tolerance test. Does it sound like early type 1? (16 May 2012)

  4. I may be traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo. How difficult is it to get insulin there? How much will it cost? (16 May 2012)

  5. My young daughter has had some elevated blood sugars at home. She drinks a lot and always feels hungry. Though her urine test and A1c were normal, should I still be worried she has diabetes? What type would she have? (8 May 2012)

  6. Diagnosed about six years ago with type 1, my son has always been antibody negative. His A1cs have gone up to a recent 9.2. Could we use his brother's cord blood to reverse his diabetes? Should the doctor pursue testing for MODY or such? (8 May 2012)

  7. My teen son will not test before eating or going to bed; he just doesn't care any more, lies about his readings. How should I handle this? Is this normal? (1 May 2012)

  8. My young teen son has gained weight and his A1c has gone up. A PhD nutritionist has recommended that my son switch to taking his insulin after meals and increase his Synthroid. Is it okay to give NovoLog after meals? What are your thoughts on his TSH level? (1 May 2012)

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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