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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...

Lydia Yvonne Melendez-Ramirez, MD
(504) 568-6446
1542 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico: MD: 1987
Graduation Year: 1987

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Alan Lee Burshell, MD
(504) 842-4023
1514 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1975

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Naila Imran Khateeb
(337) 238-9063
1022 Port Arthur Ter
Leesville, LA
Specialty
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology

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Subhashini Yaturu, MD
(318) 797-9720
2834 Long Lake Dr
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kurnool Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Kurnool, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1972

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Jaime Olivo, MD
(504) 241-7952
5646 Read Blvd Ste 316
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1964

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Michelle Genet
(504) 896-9282
200 Henry Clay Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialty
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Bashar G Saad
(318) 487-0138
201 4th St
Alexandria, LA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Walter P Borg, MD
(337) 367-8836
501 W Saint Mary Blvd Ste 120
Lafayette, LA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med W Warszawie, Warszawa, Poland
Graduation Year: 1989

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Johnette H M Frentz, MD
(504) 588-5795
Tulane Medicine Center Hospital And Clin 1415 Tula
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1969

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Heber E Dunaway
(985) 892-7621
800 N Causeway Blvd
Mandeville, LA
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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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