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  1. For a month, my toddler has been urinating only once a day, or less. Her breath smells like ketones. Could she have diabetes? What do you advise? (24 Jan 2016)

  2. My teen had highs and moderate ketones from two pump failures. Would it have been okay to give her a snack when she asked for one? (13 Jan 2016)

  3. Diagnosed 15 years ago, my adult daughter has been hospitalized over 35 times for DKA, seizures, and lows. How can we help ease her suffering? (13 Jan 2016)

  4. Recently diagnosed, we keep reducing our toddler's insulin to prevent lows. If we continue to reduce it, might this stress his remaining pancreatic function? (13 Jan 2016)

  5. I would like to understand ketones better. What causes them? How do they affect the body? How are they formed? (13 Jan 2016)

  6. My three-year-old was just diagnosed. At what age should I begin to teach her gradually how to take of her diabetes? (9 Dec 2015)

  7. A year-round soccer player, my daughter experiences severe calf cramps. Is this because she metabolizes things differently as a diabetic or just a regular overuse, not-stretching-enough issue? (28 Oct 2015)

  8. How many glucagon kits should an active teen have? Can a doctor write a prescription for more than one kit per patient? (28 Oct 2015)

  9. The endocrinologist indicated that my adolescent son will probably be no taller than 165 cm (5 feet, 4 inches). I heard that blood glucose control is more difficult when on growth hormones. Should we pursue the hormones? Are there other side effects? (19 Oct 2015)

  10. Recently diagnosed, my teen son has experienced elevated blood sugars at the start of cross country races. Should he do a corrective dose? (13 Sep 2015)

  11. Diagnosed with type 1 at 2, my grandson has just started on Ritalin as he begins kindergarten. What effects might the drug have on his blood sugars? (2 Sep 2015)

  12. My daughter tested positive for two antibodies and has had intermittent elevated blood sugars. Have there been any successes in reversing the antibody titers? I am looking for suggestions on how to prevent a diagnosis of type 1. (27 Aug 2015)

  13. In 2009, my daughter, who has two siblings with type 1, tested negative for antibodies, but recently had a random high blood sugar and has tested positive for GAD-65. Will she definitely develop diabetes? (23 Jul 2015)

  14. For the past few years, my teen son has had extreme muscle pain and tightness the day after exercise. Is this a side effect of Lantus or something else diabetes-related? What do you recommend? (23 Jul 2015)

  15. My fasting and post dinner blood sugars are elevated. I take Actrapid and Insulatard. Can you advise me about what I should do? (1 Jul 2015)

  16. Our son will be attending robotics camp for 21 days. We check him overnight. How should we accomplish this at camp? Should the nurse be asked to do this? We are worried about an overnight low. (17 Jun 2015)

  17. The endocrinologist recommended my son use mini-glucagon to help maintain his blood sugars during a 3 mile run. Is this the best way to prevent a low? He usually reduces his basal insulin and consumes extra carbohydrates, but still goes low. (20 May 2015)

  18. During an endoscopy, the doctor determined that I might have gastroparesis. What can you tell me about this condition and its therapy? (5 May 2015)

  19. We have tried various methods, but our daughter continues to have a rash from the DexCom adhesive. What do you suggest? (5 May 2015)

  20. After seven years with diabetes, my nephew has been burping often for six months. Does this indicate he has gastroparesis? (8 Apr 2015)

  21. Twice, my daughter has experienced stomach pains/cramps after eating. Her blood sugar was not elevated and she had no ketones. Could it have been dehydration? Is such pain common for those with diabetes? (8 Apr 2015)

  22. My child may be at high risk for MODY5. Can you help me understand what this means? I have type 1; could I possibly have MODY5? (5 Apr 2015)

  23. Our daughter, diagnosed in December 2014, complains of much physical pain and behaves very poorly, with tantrums if things don't go her way. Is this related to diabetes? (31 Mar 2015)

  24. My recently diagnosed son has yellow stools. Is this common for those with diabetes? (17 Mar 2015)

  25. Is it normal for a child with diabetes to experience shaking of his/her body with his/her eyes rolled back? (14 Mar 2015)

  26. My son was put on lisinopril for a few positive microalbumin levels; how long will this medication take to bring the levels down? (11 Feb 2015)

  27. My college aged son has developed several cysts and A1c has gone up over 8. Is there a relationship between the cysts and his higher A1c? Are the cysts a sign of infection or cancer? Are they anything urgent? (28 Jan 2015)

  28. Diagnosed nine years ago, my daughter seems to be suffering from diabetes burnout, does not want to discuss it, seems sad at times. How can I help her? (28 Jan 2015)

  29. If a child is on an insulin pump, would they be on an unrestricted diet, meaning that they can eat anything in any quantity and not have complications? (12 Jan 2015)

  30. After a bout with strep a few weeks ago, my teen daughter has been having recurrent lows, despite decreasing her insulin. Various tests have been normal. What else could be causing the lows? (11 Dec 2014)

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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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