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- The endocrinologist recommended my son use mini-glucagon to help maintain his blood sugars during a 3 mile run. Is this the best way to prevent a low? He usually reduces his basal insulin and consumes extra carbohydrates, but still goes low. (20 May 2015)
- During an endoscopy, the doctor determined that I might have gastroparesis. What can you tell me about this condition and its therapy? (5 May 2015)
- We have tried various methods, but our daughter continues to have a rash from the DexCom adhesive. What do you suggest? (5 May 2015)
- After seven years with diabetes, my nephew has been burping often for six months. Does this indicate he has gastroparesis? (8 Apr 2015)
- Twice, my daughter has experienced stomach pains/cramps after eating. Her blood sugar was not elevated and she had no ketones. Could it have been dehydration? Is such pain common for those with diabetes? (8 Apr 2015)
- My child may be at high risk for MODY5. Can you help me understand what this means? I have type 1; could I possibly have MODY5? (5 Apr 2015)
- Our daughter, diagnosed in December 2014, complains of much physical pain and behaves very poorly, with tantrums if things don't go her way. Is this related to diabetes? (31 Mar 2015)
- My recently diagnosed son has yellow stools. Is this common for those with diabetes? (17 Mar 2015)
- Is it normal for a child with diabetes to experience shaking of his/her body with his/her eyes rolled back? (14 Mar 2015)
- My son was put on lisinopril for a few positive microalbumin levels; how long will this medication take to bring the levels down? (11 Feb 2015)
- My college aged son has developed several cysts and A1c has gone up over 8. Is there a relationship between the cysts and his higher A1c? Are the cysts a sign of infection or cancer? Are they anything urgent? (28 Jan 2015)
- Diagnosed nine years ago, my daughter seems to be suffering from diabetes burnout, does not want to discuss it, seems sad at times. How can I help her? (28 Jan 2015)
- If a child is on an insulin pump, would they be on an unrestricted diet, meaning that they can eat anything in any quantity and not have complications? (12 Jan 2015)
- After a bout with strep a few weeks ago, my teen daughter has been having recurrent lows, despite decreasing her insulin. Various tests have been normal. What else could be causing the lows? (11 Dec 2014)
- Diagnosed with type 1 in July, our teen daughter is experiencing recurring headaches. We moved recently and she changed schools, but we do not think she is that stressed. What are we missing? (12 Nov 2014)
- My 10-year-old son has a "dirty neck," which I suspect is acanthrosis nigricans. I have type 1. He has inflammatory issues. I have been advised to take him to a pediatric endocrinologist for tests. What is your opinion? (10 Nov 2014)
- Diagnosed at 11 months, should my son have testing for the Kir6.2 mutation? What type of insulin should he be getting? Should we consider a pump or stick with injections? How can I continue to breastfeed him? (17 Sep 2014)
- At times, my son feels lethargic and vomits. His blood sugar goes up some if he is able to eat. When it drops, he also gets sick. Does he have diabetic tendencies? Should I have him seen by an endocrinologist? (27 Aug 2014)
- Over the past few years, my teen daughter has become overweight. She wants her doctor to prescribe Victoza for weight loss. Is this an appropriate medication for a teen with type 1? (27 Aug 2014)
- I use an OmniPod. When I bolus, I feel slight pain. Is this normal? (27 Aug 2014)
- I recently had a complete metabolic panel that anemia and low kidney function numbers. If my levels start to rise as the anemia gets corrected, is there a risk that the rising levels will show further kidney damage? (15 Jul 2014)
- To stop fainting episodes when menstruating, my daughter was put on an oral contraceptive, whichl causes high blood sugars and weight gain. Is this a common phenomenon? Is there any other way to alleviate severe menstrual symptoms? And, are there long term hazards of being on the pill too long? (15 Jul 2014)
- My daughter is going to Europe. What apps are there for her to use for carbohydrate counting? Is there an app to convert the measurements, whatever they are, to grams? (15 Jul 2014)
- Because she has been lethargic and not herself, I checked my daughter's blood sugars several times recently. She has been as high as 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/l]. The doctor did not check her blood sugar, blamed hormones for her lethargy. Should I consider taking her to the Emergency Room? (11 Jul 2014)
- At diagnosis, eight months ago, my daughter's uric acid level was 175. It is now elevated, 517. What should we do? (16 Jun 2014)
- After my dentist put me on methylphenidate, my blood sugars were very high so I am not taking another dose. What would have caused the high? What do you recommend? (14 May 2014)
- My daughter has had rage episodes to include aggressive, defiant and destructive behavior, either when very low or very high. Are these episodes related to her diabetes? What impact does adrenaline have on blood glucose levels? (11 May 2014)
- My daughter is losing hair at the scalp. What could be causing this? She takes Humalog and Synthroid. She was ill recently, too. (11 May 2014)
- I have had type 1 for 21 years. My son is close to a diagnosis of "prediabetes." What do you suggest we do to keep the disease from progressing? (11 May 2014)
- My daughter has been running high both in mornings and evenings. She is on Humulin 70/30. What do you recommend? My youngest son was just diagnosed, but I don't want to start him on insulin. What should I do? (11 May 2014)
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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)
Fran Kaufman, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist, member since August 2006)
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)
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)
Debbie Butler, CDE, MSW, LICSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, member since October 2004)
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