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  1. An endocrinologist said my daughter has type 1 diabetes, that she needs insulin. I refused and am hoping that her blood sugar will go down with diet and medication. What type of diabetes does my daughter have? (31 Mar 2012)

  2. Ill with a respiratory infection, my son's urine was negative for ketones, but showed some glucose. Because he does not have diabetes, could the glucose have been caused by his illness or concentrated urine? (29 Mar 2012)

  3. My teen son has developed knots in his thigh quad muscle. Could this be related to his diabetes? (29 Mar 2012)

  4. Will an MRI with contrast affect my son's kidneys? He has had no kidney issues so far after 20 years with type 1. (29 Mar 2012)

  5. Most antidepressants seem to cause low blood sugars. Is there a safer medication or treatment for those with type 1 who are suffering from mild depression and anxiety? (27 Mar 2012)

  6. My son, who has had type 1 for 25 years, has lost weight and cannot gain it back. His doctor says it is unrelated to his diabetes. What could be going on? (23 Mar 2012)

  7. I have had type 1 diabetes since 1958 and have proliferative retinopathy but no kidney damage. Is it rare to have eye problems but no kidney issues? (23 Mar 2012)

  8. Because my husband and his cousin both have type 1, we are concerned about our children developing diabetes. Is there anything we can be doing to decrease their risk? (19 Mar 2012)

  9. Can you recommend a pediatric endocrinologist in the Atlanta area? Are there any studies regarding the accuracy and superiority of one CGMS over the other(s)? (6 Mar 2012)

  10. I have a fullness to my thyroid gland. My TSH was 3.5, but I don't know what other tests were done. Is this something I should treat or just watch? What tests do you recommend and when should I have them? (6 Mar 2012)

  11. After consuming a glucose drink, my daughter's blood glucose was elevated, then normal. She is thought to be honeymooning. Because she is asymptomatic, could she have something other than diabetes? (6 Mar 2012)

  12. Are the typical meals in Spain much different from those in the U.S.? Do you know of any English language literature about carbohydrate counting foods in Spain? (5 Mar 2012)

  13. I have had type 1 for 48 years. My doctor says I have a "problem" if I need to check my blood sugar more than four or five times a day. I want enough strips to check more often, if needed. How often should someone with type 1 be checking their blood sugar? (1 Mar 2012)

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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