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  1. My son's diabetes team is not supporting my desire to put my son on an insulin pump, but I think he would have better control with one. Should I push the doctors to change him to pump therapy? (25 Aug 2010)

  2. Can a person with diabetes get a henna tattoo? (25 Aug 2010)

  3. Is there a protocol for an insulin pump user to follow after using glucagon to work sugars back down prudently without causing another low sugar? (24 Aug 2010)

  4. I have type 1 diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease and primary adrenal insufficiency. How does adrenal insufficiency affect those with type 1? (17 Aug 2010)

  5. Though my A1c is okay, my postprandial blood sugars are elevated despite metformin and Acarbose. What other medication do you recommend? What about voglibose? (17 Aug 2010)

  6. My boyfriend tries to keep his blood sugars between 60 and 65 mg/dl [3.3 or 3.6 mmol/L] and drives at this level. What should his blood sugar be for safe driving? If he refuses to check and still drives this low, what should we do? (11 Aug 2010)

  7. After 13 years with type 1, I was diagnosed with neuropathy, presumably connected to my diabetes. If I continue to improve the control of my diabetes, lower my A1c, might I reverse or slow the progression of neuropathy? (11 Aug 2010)

  8. I have a large varicose vein on my pelvic bone. My doctor said this is probably a complication of my type 1 diabetes. Is this possible? (10 Aug 2010)

  9. I think I may have ADD. Is anyone researching into a link between ADD and type 1 diabetes? (10 Aug 2010)

  10. My teen daughter has been having problems with scar tissue at her pump sites so she has virtually given up on taking care of herself. How can I help her deal with her frustration and her scar tissue? (9 Aug 2010)

  11. My daughter has been in her honeymoon for about 17 months. This week, she has had unexplained high blood sugars. How do I know if the insulin pen is malfunctioning or her honeymoon is ending? (9 Aug 2010)

  12. In April, my son was diagnosed with very early type 1 with a high blood sugar and three positive antibodies. Recently, his blood sugars have been in range without insulin. What does this mean? (6 Aug 2010)

  13. My child has been refusing to eat, saying this will prevent a high blood sugar and that he does not need to check his blood sugar. How should I deal with this? (4 Aug 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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