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  1. Since his recent diagnosis with diabetes, my son's personality has changed. He seems angry a lot and his mean. How can I help him relax and be happy? (28 Feb 2009)

  2. After years of power walking, I have been running three miles a day. When I reduce my breakfast bolus, 30 minutes before running, I am high afterwards, sometimes for several hours. Wouldn't such an intense workout cause lows? What should I do to help me lose weight more quickly? (28 Feb 2009)

  3. On a home meter, my son's fasting blood sugars are between 113 mg/dl [6.3 mmol/L] and 126 mg/dl [7.5 mmol/L] so the doctor ordered blood tests. What does this mean? Why does he act hyper then crash after eating sugary foods? (27 Feb 2009)

  4. How can you tell if your six-week-old has diabetes? (25 Feb 2009)

  5. Since his diagnosis of ADHD, my grandson's blood sugars have been running low. Are there any medications that don't cause lack of appetite? Do you have any other suggestions? (24 Feb 2009)

  6. What would cause all of my grandson's finger tips to blister and peel? (24 Feb 2009)

  7. Since moving, our daughter goes through periods of extremely high blood sugars requiring quite a bit of insulin. Why does this happen? Could she have PCOS or something else that causes insulin resistance? (24 Feb 2009)

  8. The dermatologist confirmed lipoatrophy in my son's thigh through a biopsy. My son has not injected insulin in his thigh for a year. What do you think about this? (24 Feb 2009)

  9. The endocrinologist repeated my granddaughter's urine test after not liking the results of her first test. At what is he looking? I'm worried. (23 Feb 2009)

  10. Is it possible for a child to be in a honeymoon phase without an actual diagnosis of diabetes? (22 Feb 2009)

  11. When a person with type 2 develops hypothyroidism, is this an indicator that their type 2 is becoming type 1? (20 Feb 2009)

  12. We are considering switching our daughter from NovoLog to Apidra to combat postprandial spikes. Is Apidra really faster acting? (17 Feb 2009)

  13. My daughter had a urine test that was normal. Because she had some symptoms and type 1 is in my family, should I take her for a blood test? (17 Feb 2009)

  14. Diagnosed with type 1 38 years ago, I was diagnosed with ADHD 10 years ago. Is there a connection between ADHD and type 1? (12 Feb 2009)

  15. What are indications for a type 2 diabetic to become type 1? (12 Feb 2009)

  16. Since an intestinal virus around Christmas, my son has continued to have loose stools and nausea/vomiting. Tests have been inconclusive. What do you think could be going on? (10 Feb 2009)

  17. Our 12-year-old has had type 1 for about nine years. He has been put on an ACE inhibitor for his blood pressure and to help his kidneys, especially since his A1c has been over 10% for about a year. What kind of future might be in store for him given his medical issues? How can we prevent complications? (10 Feb 2009)

  18. A toddler I know has twice had low blood sugars when hospitalized. Could she have type 1? (8 Feb 2009)

  19. Do people with diabetes have intolerance to heat and cold? If so, why? (7 Feb 2009)

  20. My son has several of the symptoms of diabetes, plus a 30 pound weight gain over six months. What range should his blood sugars be? (7 Feb 2009)

  21. Is there a link between ovarian cysts and type 1? Can the cysts cause insulin resistance? My daughter, who has been having high blood sugars and ketones, has been diagnosed with cysts. (5 Feb 2009)

  22. My OGTT showed hypoglycemia and blood work has indicated occasional elevated HGH. Can the hypoglycemia cause an elevation in human growth hormone? Is there something else I should pursue? (3 Feb 2009)

  23. When my son's blood sugar goes below 70 mg/dl [3.9 mmol/L], it automatically goes up to around 130 mg/dl [7.2 mmol/L]. Why is this? Could we rely on this to guard him from nocturnal hypoglycemia? (3 Feb 2009)

  24. Based on an OGTT, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I am athletic and slightly underweight so I'm confused. Could I still develop complications even if I don't develop full blown diabetes? (3 Feb 2009)

  25. I took my son to the hospital because his feet were swollen. Urine and blood tests were negative. Wouldn't they have told me if he has diabetes? (3 Feb 2009)

  26. Is it okay for my daughter to consume 80 grams of carbohydrates per meal? As vegetarians, we consume more carbohydrates than others. (2 Feb 2009)

  27. My daughter has been drinking a lot and lost a little weight, but had normal blood sugars on a home meter. Should I ask for a GTT? Should I also have her checked for diabetes insipidus? (2 Feb 2009)

  28. My son has had some symptoms of diabetes. On a home glucose meter, he has had some elevated readings, including fasting. When should I be checking him? Should I call the doctor now or wait until my son's check-up next month? (2 Feb 2009)

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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)

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

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