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  1. How important is it to keep a log of carbohydrates eaten to determine blood sugar patterns? Our son was diagnosed in mid-December and we are still in the learning process. (30 Jan 2010)

  2. My teen son, who has type 1, gets frequent respiratory infections that often require antibiotics. Is this common for kids with type 1? (30 Jan 2010)

  3. I am almost 15. Since puberty, my A1c has been elevated and I haven't been growing. Are my high blood sugars causing my lack of growth? (26 Jan 2010)

  4. Is there any pain medication that I could take for kidney stones that is not a narcotic? (25 Jan 2010)

  5. The doctor called to say my eight-year-old has "early stage diabetes." What does this mean? What does the future hold? (25 Jan 2010)

  6. The pediatrician suspects my son is in the beginning stages of type 1 and suggested a follow-up check in three months. Is there something we should do at this point? We would like him to be involved with all the research in keeping as many of his insulin producing cells for as long as possible. (25 Jan 2010)

  7. What is the suggested formula for calculating a return to MDI from pump therapy either for short term in cases of pump failure and for longer term return to MDI? (22 Jan 2010)

  8. After 10 years with type 1, I am tired of injections. Is there any way to get a "normal" life? I am thin. How can I gain weight? (19 Jan 2010)

  9. I have read that beta blockers can be useful for slowing down the heart and possibly improving circulation. Are beta blockers absolutely contraindicated for people with type 1 diabetes? (19 Jan 2010)

  10. Is it important that my 13-year-old son have his cholesterol checked? Our insurance company has called twice to ask if this has been done, but I thought it was a type 2 issue. (19 Jan 2010)

  11. How does the drug Toradol affect the kidneys more in diabetics than nondiabetics? For me, it is a wonder drug for my frequent kidney stones, but my doctor won't prescribe it in a effort to protect my kidneys. (15 Jan 2010)

  12. Symptomatic for type 1 diabetes, my daughter had a low reading after one hour on a glucose tolerance test. Could she be developing diabetes? (13 Jan 2010)

  13. My son has no symptoms of diabetes, no elevated readings at home, but had elevated levels in a glucose tolerance test. Does he have diabetes or not? Could it be temporary? (11 Jan 2010)

  14. My recent blood work indicated a random blood sugar of 198 mg/dl [11.0 mmol/L]. Although my fasting blood sugar was normal, I got a meter to check at home and have seen that my blood sugar goes up after eating. I have no symptoms or risk factors for diabetes. Is it okay to wait 11 months for further formal testing? (11 Jan 2010)

  15. My aunt who has Hepatitis C sometimes stays with my mom. Though I am careful when checking my blood sugar at mom's, do I need to be concerned about contracting Hepatitis C by touching things my aunt may have touched? (10 Jan 2010)

  16. Are researchers still working on an implantable pump with a "capsule" that produces insulin indefinitely? Is this realistic? (8 Jan 2010)

  17. My insurance company will no longer cover Freestyle Flash strips based on an FDA concern about 13 deaths at healthcare facilities. What is your opinion? Our pediatric endocrinologist and I think my daughter is not a risk. (8 Jan 2010)

  18. Diagnosed with type 1 three weeks ago, my daughter's antibodies' tests were in range. Her blood glucose was 273 mg/dl [15.2 mmol/L]. Are these results enough to diagnose type 1? (7 Jan 2010)

  19. Diagnosed a month ago and on Lantus, my toddler experiences a rise in his blood sugar from around 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., then is back in range in the morning. Why is this happening? (7 Jan 2010)

  20. Has any new research shown a link between ADHD and type 1 diabetes? (7 Jan 2010)

  21. Can long term use of metformin cause kidney damage? If so, will the damage reverse itself after stopping metformin? Will ayurvedic treatment and strict diet provide adequate control of my diabetes? (6 Jan 2010)

  22. I've had diabetes for 10 years. Twice, I have had abnormal spot urine tests, but a normal 24-hour test. The doctor wants me on an ACE inhibitor. Can diet affect the deterioration of the kidneys? Are there foods I should avoid? (5 Jan 2010)

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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