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Latest by Fran Cogen, M.D.

Identifying Inaccuracies in Blood Glucose Monitors

The Diabetes Technology Society recently launched a program to protect patients from inaccurate blood glucose meter products on the market.

Diabetes and Eating Carbohydrates

As a pediatric diabetologist, my primary concerns in regard to patients with diabetes are: Appropriate growth and development Excellent quality of life Adequate control of both hyper and hypoglycemia These goals, however, are not always in the same o...

Diabetes and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

As we have discussed previously, type 1 diabetes is associated with related conditions that include autoimmune diseases such as autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves Disease), celiac disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and ad...

Basal Bolus Therapy: MDI vs. Insulin Pumps

Treating type 1 diabetes requires the administration of insulin. Different insulin regimens are available to meet the unique needs of each family based on differing life circumstances. It is clear, however, insulin regimens that attempt to match panc...

Dead in Bed Syndrome: Another Perspective

By just writing the title "Another Perspective on Dead in Bed Syndrome " increases anxiety for both me and my patients with type 1 diabetes. I was the worried diabetologist quoted in Dr. Quick’s thoughtful and well-documented blog posted ea...

Type 1 Diabetes and Current Research

Patients and families often alert me to interesting studies based on headlines from TV, health and diabetes related magazines, and word of mouth. A few studies have been brought to my attention that are worthy of mention: GABA therapy (Prud’homme and ...

Type 1 Diabetes and Autoimmune Diseases

Type 1 diabetes is just one of multiple autoimmune diseases. We inherit risk of autoimmunity primarily in the HLA complex located on chromosome six. Due to the close linkage of genes coding particularly for type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, J...

Insulin Injections and Buzzy the Bee ®: Working Together to Alleviate Pain

Today I write about practical matters: the association of pain with multiple daily injections, especially in young children, toddlers, and infants. I am always looking for any "magic bullets" to alleviate as much discomfort as possible to ...

Basal/Bolus Therapy: Combination of Insulin Pump and Lantus

During my outpatient clinic last week, I was queried about the "untethered regimen" in which the person with diabetes uses both Lantus and the insulin pump. I have heard Dr. Steven Edelman (an adult endocrinologist and person with type 1 d...

Insulin Pumps/CGMS and the Transportation Security Authority

Once again, the TSA is coming under fire for possibly damaging sensitive diabetes-related equipment. According to Andrew Cornish and Peter Chase of the Barbara Davis Center Childhood Diabetes Center in Colorado (Cornish A, Chase H. Peter. Navigating ...