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By Karin Evans Ten months ago, I wound up in an emergency room when my body began to melt into sugar. I know that sounds melodramatic, but that's what happened. For at least a year I'd been feeling pretty tired, but I kept chalking it up to my late-in-life role as the mother of two young daughters, plus hormonal changes, too many deadlines, and too little sleep. Besides, I was doing a lot of thi...

Joseph Anthony Aloi, MD
(540) 661-3004
661 University Ln Ste B
Orange, VA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1988

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Gregory A Clines
(434) 924-0000
Lee St
Charlottesville, VA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Michael Joseph Horwath, MD
(703) 709-6116
1800 Town Center Dr Ste 216
Reston, VA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1983

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Teh-Chang Shih, MD
(703) 379-3000
3705 Templeton Pl
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Coll Of Med Natl Taiwan Univ, Taipei, Ta
Graduation Year: 1957

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Thomas H Whitley Jr, MD
(434) 792-3730
501 Rison St Ste 120
Danville, VA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: Danville Reg Medctr, Danville, Va
Group Practice: Danville Endocrinology

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Wende M Kozlow
(434) 924-1825
415 Ray C. Hunt Drive
Charlottesville, VA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Cullen R Merritt II, MD
(615) 284-1400
324 Starcrest Rd
Charlottesville, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Diabetes
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1960
Hospital
Hospital: Centennial Med Ctr -Park, Nashville, Tn; Baptist Hosp, Nashville, Tn
Group Practice: Nashville Medical Group

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Aaron I Vinik, MD
(757) 446-5912
855 W Brambleton Ave
Norfolk, VA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1960

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Anil Kumar Ramaswamy, MD
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1994

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Nathaniel Goodwin Clark, MD
(703) 229-5533
1701 N Beauregard St
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1988

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What You Don't Know About Diabetes...

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By Karin Evans

Ten months ago, I wound up in an emergency room when my body began to melt into sugar. I know that sounds melodramatic, but that’s what happened.

For at least a year I’d been feeling pretty tired, but I kept chalking it up to my late-in-life role as the mother of two young daughters, plus hormonal changes, too many deadlines, and too little sleep. Besides, I was doing a lot of things to take care of myself: eating healthfully, running every day, practicing yoga when I could. But overall, my energy was droopy and getting worse.

I went for a checkup. The doctor did the standard tests, asked the standard questions. “Getting enough sleep?” “As much as I can,” I answered with a shrug. I had other, minor, complaints—blurry vision, numb fingers, a pain in the ball of one foot—and was sent to the appropriate specialists. I was given reassurances, eyedrops, a wrist brace. And so I went home, vowing to pop a few more vitamins, have a massage, get to bed earlier.

Then I started feeling fluish. I figured it was just the generic winter cold or flu, but it hung on for two weeks, then three. A month later I could hardly get out of bed. I began to crave liquids, my feet flopped when I walked, and my mind began to work strangely. My eyes became so blurry that I couldn’t read my computer screen or watch the nightly news. When I stepped on the scale, I found I had lost five pounds, even though I had stopped exercising by this point. The next week I lost five more.

“I think I’m dying,” I said casually to my husband. The colors of the room seemed brighter and my head was filled with German and Mandarin, languages I had studied but didn’t normally speak. “This can’t go on,” he said, so the next day I dragged myself to a new physician.

The doctor listened and sent for the nurse, who pricked my finger and tested my blood. The doctor looked at the results and whistled softly. “You have diabetes,” he said. Then he sent me to the emergency room.

I lay in the ER with an insulin drip in my arm while they did a bunch of tests. Then they told me I had something called diabetic ketoacidosis, which is basically a way station on the road to a diabetic coma. In this state, blood sugar levels are sky high. My reading was 675. Yours, if you are reading this, don’t have diabetes, and have not just consumed a huge banana split, is probably around 80 or 110 max.

The young nurse who took care of me kept shaking her head. “When they said we had a case of ketoacidosis, I kept looking around the ER for someone really overweight and in bad shape. I couldn’t believe it was you.”

“Me either,” I said weakly. It’s not that I thought diabetes was a rare illness. I’d read the statistics. In this country, an estimated one out of three people born in the year 2000 will develop the disease. And I’d heard enough about the complications that can ensue—blindness, heart attack, amputation, and kidney failure—to know that diabetes is a very scary disease.

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