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  1. I've had type 1 for 17 years and have always had control problems, including persistent very high blood sugars. Is the tingling in my hands and feet reversible? Am I a good candidate for a transplant? Are my headaches and memory loss related to diabetes? (29 Nov 2007)

  2. My blood sugars remain around 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L] despite my medication. I continue to overeat. How can I control my appetite? Are there any medications I can take? (29 Nov 2007)

  3. My teen daughter is overweight and producing too much insulin. Her endocrinologist has prescribed Glucophage, but the package says it's for high blood sugars. Is this the right medication for her? (29 Nov 2007)

  4. Although our son has passed a three hour glucose tolerance test, he has had elevated two hour post dinner readings. Why would this be? Are these high readings normal? Might he have type 1? (28 Nov 2007)

  5. For the past six months, my young son has exhibited what appear to be signs of gastroparesis. He has previously tested negative for celiac. Do you have any ideas about what his stomach issue could be? (27 Nov 2007)

  6. My daughter, who's had type 1 for three years, has had about one "fit" a month since May 2007. Could these be diabetes related or epilepsy? (26 Nov 2007)

  7. Does an average carbohydrate load have an effect on one's basal dose? (26 Nov 2007)

  8. Are there any specific diuretics that are suitable for the treatment of hypertension that are not prone to raising glucose or increasing insulin resistance? (26 Nov 2007)

  9. Where can I find recipes for desserts that do not include sugar or sugar substitutes? I am looking for desserts for my mother-in-law. (25 Nov 2007)

  10. Is it possible for an A1c to be swayed by the actual blood sugar reading at the blood draw time? (25 Nov 2007)

  11. My son, who is a wrestler, will soon be getting a pump. Will he have any pain if he wrestles with the infusion set/canula in his body? (25 Nov 2007)

  12. How safe are nutritional powders for diabetes, in that they contain maltodextrin? (19 Nov 2007)

  13. Diagnosed with type 1 very recently, I am in shock at my diagnosis and am freaked out about giving myself injections. When can I get a pump? (19 Nov 2007)

  14. At the start of my glucose tolerance test, my blood sugar was 58 mg/dl [3.2 mmol/L]. At the end, it was 54 mg/dl [3.0 mmol/L]. What does this mean? (19 Nov 2007)

  15. What effect will donating blood every eight weeks have on A1c results? My results are consistently lower than I expect them to be. (17 Nov 2007)

  16. My previous doctor diagnosed me with type 2 and put me on metformin and then Lantus. After a while, I felt great. My new doctor has taken me off the medications and I feel horrible. She checked my C-Peptide and insulin levels. What do the results mean? Why do I still have a low A1c when I have elevated fasting blood sugars? (15 Nov 2007)

  17. Can I purchase an insulin pump for my daughter in the U.S. and then have her managed by doctors in Portugal? How much does a pump cost? (15 Nov 2007)

  18. I'm especially stressed about diabetes. I once had a low for which I needed to eat quite a lot to get back in range. Now, I tend to overeat and run high because I'm afraid to go low and not be able to recover. What should I do? I know that I don't want to have poor control and suffer complications later. (14 Nov 2007)

  19. I've had sugar in my urine, but normal blood glucose readings. I am taking Glucophage and spironolactone per my gynecologist. Won't the Glucophage cause low blood glucose readings? What do my symptoms indicate? (13 Nov 2007)

  20. My almost 13-year-old daughter has grown only 2 inches this year. Is she likely to grow more after starting menstruation? (13 Nov 2007)

  21. My 12-year-old has been taking Vitamin D for a year, but her Vitamin D level is still low. What is the safe amount she can take? Should we be looking into other tests? She's had type 1 for two years. (13 Nov 2007)

  22. Where can I find information on preparing foods my pre-school daughter will not refuse? She has borderline diabetes. (12 Nov 2007)

  23. Does the use of scented lotions, soaps or hand sanitizer on your hands prior to testing your blood sugar have any effect on the outcome of a blood glucose reading? (12 Nov 2007)

  24. I have problem with severe fatigue, a dizzy feeling, and a buzzing-like noise in my head. Can this be from diabetes? (12 Nov 2007)

  25. During a stomach bug with large ketones and a low blood sugar, what is the best treatment for the patient? Some doctors have said not to worry about the ketones, but other doctors disagree. (12 Nov 2007)

  26. Since switching to NovoLog, my son has been complaining about his injections burning. Why would this be happening? (12 Nov 2007)

  27. My daughter, who has had diabetes for three years, has started to develop "dimples" at her infusion sites. Could she be allergic to her insulin? What should we do? (12 Nov 2007)

  28. My body has rejected the pancreas I received in Italy in July 2005. When I travel to New York in the spring, I'd like to meet a specialist. Can you help me find one? (11 Nov 2007)

  29. For several months, my 11-year-old has been very resistant to checking his blood sugars and use his pump properly. He has been eating meals only and lost weight. Have others behaved this way? What should we do? He is to see a psychologist in the future. (11 Nov 2007)

  30. I have been accused of breaking into a house, but I have no memory of the incident. Do you have any information about diabetic blackouts or memory loss? (11 Nov 2007)

  31. Our young daughter recently had sugar and ketones in her urine. Her blood sugar was 254 mg/dl [14.2 mmol/L]. The doctor wasn't sure if diabetes or a virus caused the high blood sugar. We are still waiting for her test results. How long does it usually take to get the results? We've been waiting 11 days. Should we get a second opinion? (9 Nov 2007)

  32. At diagnosis, my daughter was put on Mixtard. A second doctor then switched her to Actrapid and Insulatard. With fluctuating blood sugars, what insulin(s) do you recommend? (9 Nov 2007)

  33. Are there any diluents to use with Levemir? (9 Nov 2007)

  34. Is it possible to cover breakfast, which is around 7:00 a.m., and a morning snack around 9:00 a.m. with a dual wave bolus? We are looking at ways to have better control at school. (9 Nov 2007)

  35. Is it safe for an adult with type 2 diabetes to use a dry sauna? (9 Nov 2007)

  36. Which insulin do you recommend for a newly diagnosed 15-month-old baby: NovoRapid or Actrapid? (9 Nov 2007)

  37. Our 11-year-old has had type 1 for seven years. Now, her younger sister has been diagnosed with it. Do my wife and I have certain genes that caused their diabetes? (7 Nov 2007)

  38. I have type 1 and my boyfriend's dad has type 2. What are the chances that our children might get either kind of diabetes? Are there any tests that we can take that might indicate the percentage of inheritance? (7 Nov 2007)

  39. I was diagnosed with diabetes in my first trimester, so it may have been a preexisting condition. If I control my diabetes by diet, will I need to be induced at 38 weeks? (6 Nov 2007)

  40. My grandson's pediatric endocrinologist recommended my grandson take quinapril to help protect his kidneys. What are it's side effects and long-range effects? (5 Nov 2007)

  41. I was diagnosed with type 2 with a random blood sugar of 128 mg/dl [7.1 mmol/L]. I am not overweight and had negative antibodies. What type of diabetes do I have? (3 Nov 2007)

  42. My nine-year-old son started having night terrors around the age of six, but they disappeared. Last week, when he had a stomach virus and high blood sugars, the terrors resumed. Are they related to his diabetes? (3 Nov 2007)

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)
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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