US - Mid-Atlantic Diabetes


US - Mid-Atlantic Diabetes

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looking to touch base with diabetics in Carroll County, Md. area

Started by Laura Antulov. Last reply by Tim Moeslein, RN Feb 28, 2014. 26 Replies

Endo With LADA Experience in South Jersey

Started by ajbaum. Last reply by miketosh Aug 28, 2012. 1 Reply

Good endos in MD/DC/Northern VA?

Started by Pamaloo. Last reply by Greg Jul 6, 2012. 6 Replies

How do I join this group????

Started by State Worker. Last reply by Marie B Dec 4, 2011. 1 Reply

Morris County (Northern NJ) Doctors

Started by Stuart. Last reply by Marie B Nov 3, 2010. 11 Replies

Meet Up in DC Metro Area!

Started by Shannon. Last reply by Emily Oct 20, 2010. 16 Replies

I just moved to DC!

Started by Dman. Last reply by Dman Aug 24, 2010. 4 Replies

DC Endos

Started by kassie. Last reply by Cynthia Kahn Dec 29, 2009. 3 Replies

philly meet ups?

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Comment by Tim Moeslein, RN on January 22, 2010 at 3:21pm
Hey Scott!
Thanks for the comment. You are absolutely right about the need for a nutritionist in the mix. However, like all the other figures in the team approach finding the right practitioner is the key. :-)
Comment by Scott on January 22, 2010 at 6:11am
Tim - Your comment was very thoughtful. After doing alot of reading and some research, and also dealing with CDEs and nutritionists, I think that alot of the problem is the ADA itself. The one thing I've learned is that every one of us needs to deal with diabetes in our own way. Some do well with the ADA guidelines on nutrition and others do well with a low carb approach. Even with its announcement a few years ago that low carb is ok for losing weight, the ADA has not provided practitioners with enough flexibility to accommodate differing ways of approaching the disease. The other issue here is that because food is the one overarching concern for diabetics, nutritionists take on a leading role. Yet nutritionists, by their nature, look to have a nutritionally complete diet, e.g., one that includes a certain amount of carbs. It makes it difficult for them to endorse a diet or lifestyle missing that nutrient.
Just my 2 cents...
Comment by FdMstng99 on January 22, 2010 at 5:56am
Curtis Bay Maryland.
Comment by Tim Moeslein, RN on January 16, 2010 at 6:52pm
Hi group! Just wanted to comment on diabetes educator's rigidity about following the ADA "rules". I would venture to say that most educators are not themselves diabetics for one. Not that one has to have the disease to educate about it but if you have never experienced a blood sugar of 42mg/dl in the middle of the night or while you are speeding down the beltway, then you really do not know the way one feels and the "life or death" feeling you have while trying to get it back to 100mg/dl. Secondly, the AADE/NCBDE certifies educators based on the Standards of Care as published by the American Diabetes Association. Thirdly, if the diabetes center is an ADA approved/accredited center they have to follow those guides. All in all the guides are a sound groundwork from which to start a diabetes management plan.
Diabetes management Has definitely changed focus from how it used to be - go to the doctor, take your insulin/medication and don't eat ANYTHING with sugar to now a more collaborative approach. However, with that said, this new approach places a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of the diabetic. Some guidelines are too rigid for certain individuals and the rules have to modified to match the diabetic and the expected reasonable goals of the diabetes team - which includes the diabetic.
Finally, you will probably run into groups and educators that are just not your cup of tea. No problem,find another. Call your insurance company ask for the current list of providers (nutritionist/support groups/diabetes management classes), contact the AADE and find a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) in your area - make an appointment and go prepared with questions and your expectations as well as what you are willing to do to get your disease under control.
Peace+ Tim
Comment by Ken McDade on November 11, 2009 at 5:19am
Today, I woke up, bs was 396, pump was buzzing low resivour, last night caught my CGM on the edge of a table and pulled the sensor out, so I did my adjustments which emptied out the pump, took a shower, shaved the areas for the new infusion set and CGM, changed everything out, finished adjusting for the high, put on the rain gear, and rode into work on the motorcycle. It is true, the only motorcycle you see at a psyciatrists office is the psyciatrist's own bike. Even in the rain a ride does wonders for my attitude. I guess that is the key to a good day, find something you like to do and do it. And whatever you do, stay away from Pizza the night before... I like it but it don't like me...

Comment by Rebecca on November 10, 2009 at 11:27pm
Hang in there, it's way to early to give up on today! Go ahead and scream (that's what they made pillows for) and then put yourself back together and realize that whatever it is, you are stronger. And no matter how bad today ends up being it really is only 24 hours and then it's over and tomorrow can be better.
Comment by Jawaid on November 10, 2009 at 11:07pm
There are days when I just want to scream. Today is one of those days.
Comment by Doug on September 27, 2009 at 11:12am
Rita, I don't want to sound like an ass, but the reality of our disease is, IT IS SERIOUS! I am very well read on diet, nutrition, the meds, what are they working on, etc... I felt and to so degree still feel like you do. I don't like to be told what to do and how to do it. I don't want to hear I can't eat this or that, but I have to hear it, because I have had diabetes now for TEN years, and it isn't going away, I'm not cured, because there is no cure! You NEED to take this disease seriously, there is nothing light hearted about it! So go to the meetings/classes, curse them under your breath, and try to learn something each time.
Comment by Tom Gallagher on September 27, 2009 at 8:00am
Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia area.

Comment by Rita Lewis on August 11, 2009 at 5:23pm
Thanks Dave. You know, I think it is that ADA way and its rigidity that has me baffled. Yeah, my daughter went to McDaniel and Westminster is sort of far. I appreciate the suggestion. I have a handle on the diet and meds and the science.

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