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  1. I have had type 1 for almost 53 years. I am using R and NPH and have gastroparesis. What can I do to improve my control? (23 Oct 2013)

  2. My son was diagnosed with type 1 three years ago, but his chart, which I see at his check-ups, says he has type 1.5. What is that? (22 Oct 2013)

  3. I work to keep my 11-year-old in a tight range, 4 to 7 mmol/L [72 to 125 mg/dl]. Such tight control is not the norm for someone her age. Why is this? Why are expected ranges higher? (21 Oct 2013)

  4. I just learned a month ago that my 13-year-old has a bacterial infection that may take months to treat. Could this contribute to her control? The doctor says she is not getting her insulin, but I have been working hard at this. (18 Oct 2013)

  5. My toddler was just diagnosed on Monday. The pediatrician and resident are not sure what to do, have given him some insulin, put him on a sliding scale and told us to correct post meal highs. They want to discharge us today. Should I ask for a referral to a pediatric endocrinologist? (11 Oct 2013)

  6. After almost seven years with type 1, my young adult son had his vitamin D level checked in January. It was low, but I was surprised that it had never been checked before. What is the correlation between vitamin D and diabetes control/complications? Do adequate vitamin D levels impact diabetes? (4 Oct 2013)

  7. My sons, ages 16 and 23, have type 1. Both want to participate in open water diving, but the endocrinologist will not sign off that my younger son can do this. What could we do? I do not want them to feel "disabled" by diabetes by not allowing them to do this. (4 Oct 2013)


The Diabetes Team

Physicians
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)
Fran Kaufman, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since August 2006)
Linda DiMeglio, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist)

Nurses
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)

Psychologists
Jill Weissberg-Benchell, PhD (Medical Psychology and Psychiatry, member since January 2000)

Dietitians
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)

Researchers
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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