Fran Cogen, M.D.

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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.

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How to Lower a Very High A1C

When a patient has had high A1Cs for many months or years, he or she often becomes accustomed to high blood sugar. Here’s how to come down from “Sugar Mountain.”

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Diabetes Burnout Is Real

Much has been written about diabetes burnout in adult literature. Adults with diabetes become tired of all the work that must be done to care for their condition (I am now referring to adult onset or type 2 diabetes, which affects over 90 percent of ...

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Type 2 and Diet Soda

One of the biggest problems in caring for children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes is diet. Clearly, diet is a significant component in the management of all forms of diabetes.

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Is Diabetes an Obstacle to Your Dream Job?

If you have diabetes, these professions may be out of reach.

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Diabetes and Driving Revisited

Driving independently has always been a rite of passage for adolescents of a certain age. The difficulty lies with the fact that a license to drive coincides with the adolescent invincibility and impulsiveness. It is known that teenagers are at the g...

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"Safe at School" Bills and Diabetes Care in Children

Children and adolescents spend much of their waking time in the school setting for both academic and extracurricular activities. As such, it is essential that they be safe at school and allow parents and caregivers to proceed with their usual day-to-...

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Diabetes and Telemedicine

This is the time of year when residents are interviewing for their chosen subspecialties. Sadly, endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology are not on the top of the list for lucrative salaries and an easy lifestyle. It clearly takes an interest in ch...

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Teens Living with Diabetes

This brave teenager walks you through his story about growing up, and living with, diabetes. His positive outlook is contagious!

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New Guidelines For Your A1c

The American Diabetes Association has developed new guidelines for hemoglobin A1c. Here’s what you should know.

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Brain Function

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) is a life-threatening consequence of diabetes. DKA occurs when there is a lack of insulin in the body causing hyperglycemia. As a result of the inability of glucose to enter the cells, the body must find other means to obt...