Fran Cogen, M.D., Health Professional

Fran Cogen, M.D., C.D.E., is the director of the Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program at Children’s National Health System. She wrote about diabetes for HealthCentral.

Diabetes Control and the "Hb A1c"

At every visit, patients ask “how did I do?” or “what is the hb A1c result?” High blood pressure and pulse rates are recorded prior to learning the results of the hb A1c. Families are incredibly anxious that the hb A1c will (or will not) accurately r...
Fran Cogen, M.D.

The Honeymoon Period in Type 1 Diabetes

We recently discussed the top 10 concerns related to a new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Following these concerns, families then often talk about the “honeymoon” period. What is the honeymoon period? Most kids/teens/adults with new onset type 1 diabe...
Fran Cogen, M.D.

After the Diabetes Diagnosis: Top 10 Concerns, Part 1

I have been transplanted Since April 2008, I have served as the physician expert for the DiabeTeens website. My goals were to provide information in regard to diabetes (primarily type 1) that pertained to teens and young adults. I plan to continue to ...
Fran Cogen, M.D.

Diabetes and Driving

This week I have seen so many teens aged 15 years and 9 months. Why is this age so important? In states such as Maryland, 15 and 9/12 is the age that teens can apply for a learner’s permit. About eight years ago, the medical director of the Motor Veh...
Fran Cogen, M.D.

Research and Type 1 Diabetes: Breaking News

As a practicing diabetes clinician caring for children and teens, my job is to keep tight control over your blood sugars and you in the best physical condition to avoid complications…until we find a cure. I try to take a proactive stance so that when ...
Fran Cogen, M.D.

Teens, Sex and Diabetes

Three of the most important topics in relation to teenagers are illicit drugs, alcohol, and sex. Clearly diabetes has implications on all three. I want to be proactive in these blogs and address these sensitive topics. Ginger and I already discussed ...
Fran Cogen, M.D.

Diabetes and Associated Autoimmune Diseases

I thought we would delve into more biology this week since we have discussed many psychosocial topics lately. A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is usually associated with autoimmunity. (However, not all people with type 1 diabetes have evidence of autoi...
Fran Cogen, M.D.