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  1. I had gestational diabetes while pregnant with my second child. He craves sweets. Is he at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than my other children? (31 May 2009)

  2. My daughter was born with a low blood sugar level. Now a toddler, she is urinating, drinking and eating a lot. Based on her blood sugars, which I checked at home, might she have diabetes? (31 May 2009)

  3. Diagnosed with type 1 seven months ago, my three-year-old resists insulin injections, often refusing to eat to avoid getting a shot. How can we help him accept the injections? (30 May 2009)

  4. What are the side effects of consistently using insulin as a correction to eat whatever you want? (30 May 2009)

  5. I ran out of Lantus and the pharmacy was out of it. In the meantime, I am giving my daughter NovoLog every two hours. Is there anything else I can do or should do? (28 May 2009)

  6. My grandson's blood sugar was 145 mg/dl [8.0 mmol/L] so his other grandmother decided he has diabetes. She wants him to do a 12 hour fast to be rechecked. Does he need to be seen by a doctor? (28 May 2009)

  7. My child was taking Seroquel when he was diagnosed with type 1. Can Seroquel cause diabetes or its symptoms? What about Strattera or Metadate, which my son also takes? (28 May 2009)

  8. How can we get our daughter to stop sneaking food? Suffering from constipation, our daughter's celiac tests have been negative. What else should we have checked? (28 May 2009)

  9. My 14-year-old was diagnosed with insulin resistance and possibly PCOS. She has been putting on weight around her mid section. What do you suggest? She's been dieting and exercising, but it isn't really working. (27 May 2009)

  10. Our teen daughter took an overdose of insulin two days ago and just doesn't want to take care of her diabetes. Is such behavior typical of most teens? (22 May 2009)

  11. Why is it so hard to keep my 14-year-old's blood sugar down? Is it normal for a teenager to be so insulin resistant? My son also has a problem falling asleep at school and takes Abilify. Is his fatigue related to his diabetes? (22 May 2009)

  12. My teen daughter was diagnosed with type 1 a few months after receiving four vaccinations. Is there a relationship between the vaccinations and type 1? (22 May 2009)

  13. My daughter's post dinner blood sugar was 500 mg/dl [27.8 mmol/L], but she was not symptomatic. How can this be? What is the best device for checking blood sugars? (22 May 2009)

  14. My son's tests for diabetes have all been negative. His symptoms worsen as the day progresses. Could his blood sugar be going up in the evening? Should I ask for a GTT? Am I overreacting? (18 May 2009)

  15. Diagnosed with type 1 six years ago, my teen daughter was just diagnosed with androgen excess syndrome. Are the two conditions related? What testing should she have? (18 May 2009)

  16. Can oral medications for diabetes and exogenous insulin cause some instability or impairment in endogenous insulin's production and secretion? (15 May 2009)

  17. Can the total loss of sugar in urine and blood glucose levels be affected by a hyperglycemic diabetic passing more or less urine? (15 May 2009)

  18. I am allergic to the glue on tapes. Are there other ways to attach the infusion set to my body without using adhesive? (15 May 2009)

  19. My son has several symptoms, including frequent urination, stomaches, and low energy. Can the symptoms of diabetes come and go? I'm not sure if I want to pursue this or not. (14 May 2009)

  20. My wife, who has type 2, is about six weeks pregnant. She has been having elevated blood sugars. Might they have already had an adverse effect on the baby? If there were any problems with the fetus, when would we come to know about it them and would there be anything we could do about them? (14 May 2009)

  21. In poorly controlled diabetes, are growth hormone levels higher? Does tight control mean one may not grow as much? (10 May 2009)

  22. When my son goes to all day kindergarten in September, who will be responsible for counting his carbohydrates at lunch? How will the nurse know how much insulin to give him if she doesn't know exactly what he ate? (10 May 2009)

  23. How many episodes of low blood sugar are acceptable per day or week for a young child? (8 May 2009)

  24. What can you tell me about the new lancet that is supposed to be less intrusive on children's fingers? (8 May 2009)

  25. Which test produces a more valid C-Peptide level, one done fasting or one done two hours after a meal? If normal, what is the next best course of action? (7 May 2009)

  26. My 14-year-old son has always been tall, but seemed to stop growing about a year ago. Is it because of his diabetes? Does insulin stop the growth hormone? Do kids stop growing at the age of 13? Can bolusing right before bed stop the growth hormone? Are there tests we can do? (7 May 2009)

  27. After sleeping for 15 straight hours, my 15-month-old still dozed off until I was able to get her to eat some Skittles. She was fine 15 minutes later. Could she have had a low blood sugar? I have since checked her blood sugar and seen it low and elevated. (6 May 2009)

  28. What can you tell me about the dosing of metformin in children? A friend has indicated that her 12-year-old's dose was increased to 1500 mg. (6 May 2009)

  29. What is the relationship between blood and urine sugar levels? (2 May 2009)

  30. We stopped giving our son Increlex due to high blood sugars. He has since had some elevated readings, some normal readings. What does this mean? Could he be developing diabetes? Could diabetes be hindering his growth and weight? Could this have been the problem all along? (2 May 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)

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

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