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  1. Can a diabetic patient replace his morning meal/lunch totally with fruits, restricting salt due to mildly elevated blood pressure, and obesity? (30 Jun 2004)

  2. What causes itchy palms and the bottoms of feet? Does it have anything to do with the diabetes my relative has? (30 Jun 2004)

  3. Could sudden numbness or tingling in one hand, sudden pain in the toes and very high levels of protein in the urine be diabetes? Or, could they be symptoms of lupus? (30 Jun 2004)

  4. My recently diagnosed daughter often has headaches, stomach cramps and occasional diarrhea. Could these symptoms be diabetes related? (30 Jun 2004)

  5. My 19 month old was just diagnosed a week ago with type 1. At what age would he be eligible for the pump? (30 Jun 2004)

  6. Because my husband is self-employed, we purchase our own health insurance with a high deductible. Since our son's recent diagnosis with diabetes, we are swamped with bills. Is there an organization that can help us? (30 Jun 2004)

  7. For two years, I have felt a needlelike pain in my skin when I am out in the cold for a long period of time. Is this neuropathy? (30 Jun 2004)

  8. Why do I have diabetes if NO one in my family has it? (30 Jun 2004)

  9. My college aged son had his first seizure yesterday. What happens if he is alone when he has a seizure? Why didn't he pass out first? How great is the fear of dying from such reactions? (30 Jun 2004)

  10. My recently diagnosed brother is now feeling low when he's 150 mg/dl [8.3 mmol/L]. He has been advised to see his doctor. What could be going on? (30 Jun 2004)

  11. I will be traveling to Paris and Athens this summer. Is glargine available in both countries? What do I do about a prescription? (30 Jun 2004)

  12. Where can I find government resources to pay for supplies for my girlfriend? We live in Ohio. (30 Jun 2004)

  13. My A1c was around 8.7 for three years so my doctor switched me to Glucovance and Actos. It only came down to 8.3, so he wants me on insulin. Shouldn't I give the medications more time before starting insulin? (30 Jun 2004)

  14. Last night, my son awoke screaming and incoherent. His blood sugar was 47 mg/dl [2.6 mmol/L]. Is this type of episode normal? (29 Jun 2004)

  15. For financial reasons, I have not taken my Actos for four months. I am very thirsty, losing weight and been urinating frequently. Are my symptoms from not taking the Actos or unrelated to diabetes? (29 Jun 2004)

  16. One of my twin daughters has neonatal diabetes. Is this type 1 or type 2? Is it transient? Where can I find more information about it? (29 Jun 2004)

  17. My teen niece will be spending two weeks with us. I plan to offer healthy snacks and limit her carbohydrates, things mom does not do. Does a change in diet put her at any risk? (29 Jun 2004)

  18. During after school sports practices, my teen daughter gets dizzy and light headed, especially if she has not eaten much lunch. Could this be hypoglycemia? (29 Jun 2004)

  19. My teen son was diagnosed with type 1 six months ago. He is very active. Our endocrinologist said that decreasing his Lantus the evening before an activity is not recommended. Why is this? (28 Jun 2004)

  20. Following my November 2003 diagnosis, I took Glucovance for three months. My blood sugars stablized so I stopped my nightly dose, then my morning dose. My random blood sugars are fine. Is this a honeymoon period? (28 Jun 2004)

  21. Why is using a soothing epsom salts bath counterindicated for a diabetic? Also, is taking glucosamine chronditin harmful for a diabetic? (28 Jun 2004)

  22. I am always hungry, nauseous and have frequent headaches. I want to get a blood sugar meter to see if I have hypoglycemia. What should I do? (28 Jun 2004)

  23. During three recent lows of 25 mg/dl [1.4 mmol/L], my nine year old son was not symptomatic until he got that low. Why is this? (28 Jun 2004)

  24. My friend with type 2 diabetes has morning blood sugars that are higher than those at meal times? What would cause this? (27 Jun 2004)

  25. We have been having problems with blood in my toddler's pump canula both with angled and straight sets. Have you seen this? What do you recommend we do? (27 Jun 2004)

  26. I have found recipes, some from the ADA, that contain brown sugar. How can one use brown sugar? How does one ounce of it affect the blood sugar? (27 Jun 2004)

  27. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in February 2003, I have been following a low carb diet, which has allowed me to reduce or eliminate my insulin. Is this safe? Do I need to worry about my cholesterol intake? (27 Jun 2004)

  28. I recently suffered a severe hypoglycemic reaction 30 minutes after my evening Lantus injection. I now believe Lantus is dangerous. What is your opinion? (27 Jun 2004)

  29. I am seven months pregnant and recently had an elevated blood sugar. I had thought I had hypoglycemia for years. Did I cause diabetes or am I just confused? (27 Jun 2004)

  30. Shouldn't a pediatrician have a more aggressive set of protocols for treating infections of a child who has diabetes? (27 Jun 2004)

  31. After a four year absence, my grandson's birth father wants visitation rights, but he doesn't know how to care for the boy's diabetes. What should I do? (27 Jun 2004)

  32. My daughter was fine in August 2003, but then lost weight and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in October 2003. Could the doctor have missed this in August? How fast is the onset of type 1? (27 Jun 2004)

  33. If type 2 is mainly due to insulin resistance, is it worth giving glipizide which is an insulin secretagouge? My mom takes glipizide and metformin and has elevated fasting blood sugars. Does she need a different medication or just an increase in her current medications? (27 Jun 2004)

  34. After two months on a pump, I was gaining weight so I went on a low carbohydrate diet. I now have higher blood sugars. Could this be caused by my low carbohydrate diet? (18 Jun 2004)

  35. I read about a cream to help with neuropathy. What is it called? Where can I get it? (18 Jun 2004)

  36. My husband's temperament changed about a year ago. He is withdrawn, moody, and mean. Is this caused by his diabetes? (18 Jun 2004)

  37. Wnen will the new drug Exenatide be on the market? (18 Jun 2004)

  38. Is there a meter for checking one's blood sugar that does not require blood? Could you recommend a meter that is easy to use and requires a very small sample? (18 Jun 2004)

  39. Is there a way to monitor one's blood sugar without a finger stick? (18 Jun 2004)

  40. Is there a relationship between blood sugars and water intake? (18 Jun 2004)

  41. I'm a teen who's had diabetes for six years. I don't like to test my blood sugar and am afraid of lows since I had an early morning seizure. I've been in DKA three times. I don't like talking to professionals about this. What should I do? (17 Jun 2004)

  42. My teen son has had severe headaches for two years. When he is not on his medication, he is miserable, drinks constantly, eats poorly. Is this related to diabetes? (16 Jun 2004)

  43. The Humalog dose I take varies all the time, even for the same food. I guess at the dose, then often do a correction shot. How can I get better control of my diabetes? (15 Jun 2004)

  44. My cleaning person had to go to the Emergency Room for a very high blood sugar. In addition to insulin and intravenous fluids, she had dialysis, which I don't understand. Why would she have undergone dialysis? (15 Jun 2004)

  45. Can steroids cause diabetes? (15 Jun 2004)

  46. My girlfriend was recently found in a diabetic coma with an extraordinarily high blood sugar. She has been diagnosed with sepsis. Where can I find information about her prognosis? (15 Jun 2004)

  47. I had an abnormal blood sugar after a glucose tolerance test, but it was normal after three hours. Do I have diabetes? Do I need to take metformin? (15 Jun 2004)

  48. If my daughter wears a medical ID resembling a jeweled bracelet, will medical personnel recognize it? Won't they recognize her insulin pump? (14 Jun 2004)

  49. Is there any validity to the report by a University of Dusseldorf professor that insulin analogs, especially Lantus, may be carcinogenic? I want to be sure it is safe for my son. (14 Jun 2004)

  50. Do Glucophage (metformin) tablets lose their effectiveness because of heat, age, or being out of the bottle? (14 Jun 2004)

  51. My four year old son was diagnosed with ketotic hypoglycemia almost a year ago. His blood sugars are erratic. He is miserable and has complained of itching. Where can I find a specialist in ketotic hypoglycemia? (14 Jun 2004)

  52. Yesterday, my blood sugar was quite elevated after a physical therapy session that left me in pain. Could the inflammation and pain have contributed to my high blood sugar? (14 Jun 2004)

  53. A nurse practitioner told a friend that intramuscular injections allow faster absorption of insulin. I give my daughter's insulin subcutaneously. Which should we be doing? (14 Jun 2004)

  54. How can I reduce my fasting blood sugar? Will increased exercise help? (14 Jun 2004)

  55. To prevent hypoglycemia during the active summer months, should I decrease my son's Lantus or feed him extra carbohydrates before bedtime? (13 Jun 2004)

  56. If my son takes evening Lantus and Humalog, along with NPH and Humalog at breakfast, should I be concerned about when they overlap? When will I need to test him at night? (12 Jun 2004)

  57. My son's A1c has gone up since he started using a pump six months ago. Is this common? Will his higher A1c have long term effects? (12 Jun 2004)

  58. My friend now makes too much money for qualify for Medicaid. Is there any help for her to pay for her daughter's diabetes supplies? (12 Jun 2004)

  59. My two hour post-prandial blood sugars are often somewhat high, but drop within 20 minutes. Is this drop from my once daily Glucovance? (12 Jun 2004)

  60. What would happen if someone were born without alpha and beta cells in the pancreas? What kinds of problems would it cause for our bodies? (12 Jun 2004)

  61. How long do the "typical" symptoms of diabetes last? Does a high white blood cell count have anything to do with diabetes? (12 Jun 2004)

  62. Although my daughter's blood glucose was not that high, she did have glucose in her urine. Could she have diabetes? She has been symptomatic. (12 Jun 2004)

  63. I experience bloating, fatigue, headaches, etc. If I eat, I feel better. My blood sugar was 171 mg/dl [9.5 mmol/L] when I last felt this way. Could I have hypoglycemia? I do take medications for IBS and blood pressure problems. (11 Jun 2004)

  64. My son attends a private school with no nurse, so I had to be available daily to deal with my son's lunchtime shot. Are federally funded schools the only schools that have to "help" out parents? (10 Jun 2004)

  65. Are there are resources available in Indiana to help get insulin and supplies for my grandchild? (6 Jun 2004)

  66. What are some healthy bedtime snacks we can give our daughter to help prevent nighttime low blood sugars? (6 Jun 2004)

  67. Is there any link between my daughter's sore shoulder and her diabetes? She's had diabetes for eight years and the pain for several years. (6 Jun 2004)

  68. My toddler has had intermittent hyperglycemia and ketones, but negative GAD and ICA. Recently, his blood sugars have been somewhat high. How do we know if he has diabetes or not? (5 Jun 2004)

  69. How does one get teachers to ensure your child's blood sugars are normal at school? How many people with type 1 get married and avoid complications? (4 Jun 2004)

  70. When I started using Humalog two years ago, I began suffering labored breathing after my shots. Could I be allergic to it? (4 Jun 2004)

  71. Sometimes my son's lunch time blood glucose is over 20 mmol/L [360 mg/dl]. What course of action should be taken for such a high? (4 Jun 2004)

  72. My daughter has recurrent fever episodes and respiratory problems. While having these problems, her blood glucose and urine glucose are both high. Is it possible she has diabetes? (4 Jun 2004)

  73. Is it possible to get mononucleosis more than once? Is it possible that my son has it again because his immune system is compromised by having type 1? (4 Jun 2004)

  74. Can a person with type 2 diabetes include avocados in their meal plan? Can you tell me some nutrition information about them? (2 Jun 2004)

  75. My nine year old has been pumping for four years. Her A1c has been 9.3% for nine months. Are there any tests she should have to prevent complications? (2 Jun 2004)

  76. At my doctor's suggestion, I started taking Protophane at night and have been increasing the dosage to try to lower my blood sugars. I saw no lower numbers, so I tried a new vial of insulin and still saw no improvement. Why doesn't the insulin seem to be working? (2 Jun 2004)

  77. My six year old has been diagnosed with ketotic hypoglycemia. Her insulin level was 91 after an oral glucose tolderance test. What would cause this? (2 Jun 2004)

  78. Has there been any research into a cure for Wolfram's syndrome? I have two cousins who have it. Are their siblings at risk for it? (2 Jun 2004)

  79. Is it possible to harvest islet cells from a honeymooning person for future cloning? Are any drugs being developed to help slow the autoimmune system from attacking islet cells? (2 Jun 2004)

  80. Is there any correlation between a woman's period and her glucose levels? My blood sugar is somewhat low at the beginning of menses. I had the symptoms of type 2 and took Glucophage until I had gastric bypass surgery and lost weight. (2 Jun 2004)

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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)
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)

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Debbie Butler, CDE, MSW, LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, member since October 2004)

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