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  • Re: Possible Effect of Low Blood Sugar

    Not true. A blood glucose level of 50 mg/dl is moderate hypglycemia and very self-treatable. Also, if blood glucose goes extremely low the risk of death is extremely low. Why one would die from hypoglycemia is still unclear? But, it is suspected that when this rare event happens it is related to underlying serious heart disease. The reason that people
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by zrebiec on Sun, Feb 24 2013
  • To Don Watson

    Don, You recently posted a message about having some difficulty trying to arrange medical appointments / consultation at the Joslin Clinic. As I recall, you wanted to carefully plan those appointments because you were coming from out of town. For some reason your [collapse]original message seems to have disappeared from the discussion board and I have
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by zrebiec on Sat, Oct 6 2012
  • Re: At Joslin, is getting on an insulin pump an inpatient or an outpatient procedure?

    We would not recommend doing that. The worst cases that we see are people who have not had any preparation or training on the pump. They end-up seeing us after becoming very frustrated and demoralized about using the pump. John Zrebiec, MSW, CDE Joslin Moderator
    Posted to Insulin Pumps (Forum) by zrebiec on Mon, Jul 9 2012
  • Re: At Joslin, is getting on an insulin pump an inpatient or an outpatient procedure?

    We have not had an inpatient unit since 1995. All Joslin Clinic care is out-patient. Before considering the pump you would be required to attend a class about insulin pumps, followed by an evaluation by the medical team to determine whether a pump is a good match for you, and then a transition to the pump. This process usually takes place over several
    Posted to Insulin Pumps (Forum) by zrebiec on Tue, Jul 3 2012
  • Study about type 2 diabetes

    My name is Jessie Fontanella and I am a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. candidate enrolled at Fordham University. I am currently recruiting individuals to participate in my dissertation research which has been approved by Fordham University’s Institutional Review Board and Joslin’s Committee on Human Studies. Thank you very much for considering
    Posted to Staying Healthy (Forum) by zrebiec on Wed, Apr 25 2012
  • Re: diabetes and bipolar

    We have psychiatrists at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston who specialize in both conditions. However, we do give priority to people who receive their medical care at the Joslin Clinic. You can give our mental health unit a telephone call at 617-309-2594 to explore the possibility of seeing your mother. John Zrebiec, MSW, CDE Chief, Mental Health
    Posted to Taking Charge of Type 2 (Forum) by zrebiec on Mon, Mar 5 2012
  • Re: My type 1 son, age 13 has been diagnosed with Intermittent explove disorder

    I would just reiterate the advice that you need to seek help from a mental health professional. It wasn't clear to me whether your son also had diabetes. If so, low blood glucose levels are often associated with aggressive behavior. John Zrebiec, MSW, CDE Joslin Moderator
    Posted to Parents (Forum) by zrebiec on Tue, Dec 20 2011
  • Re: Lot's of spam postings recently on the message board

    I agree. There are more of them lately and we are trying to keep up with them and delete the obvious ones. We have actually electronically blocked some users who seem to be repeat offenders. John Zrebiec Joslin Moderator
    Posted to Feedback (Forum) by zrebiec on Thu, Dec 15 2011
  • Re: is anxiety a by product of diabetes?

    People with diabetes suffer from anxiety disorders and depression more than people without diabetes, but at about the same rate as other people with chronic illness. This isn't surprising when you think about the demands of managing diabetes and the implications for future health. You might reconsider talking to your pharmacologist about other medications
    Posted to Coping with Complications (Forum) by zrebiec on Wed, Nov 30 2011
  • Re: Marriage

    You don't say what type of diabetes that you have. If you have type 2 diabetes the risk for a child developing diabetes is 4 to 7%. If you have type 1 diabetes the risk for a child developing diabetes is 6%. So the odds of a child not developing diabetes are still strongly in your favor. John Zrebiec, MSW, CDE Joslin Moderator
    Posted to Taking Charge of Type 2 (Forum) by zrebiec on Wed, Nov 2 2011
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