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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...

Wasim Elias Deeb, MD
(740) 353-7881
1735 27th St Bldg C Ste 102
Portsmouth, OH
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1994

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Kwang Wei Tham, MD
(216) 444-2200
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Of Cork, Nat'L Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med, Cork
Graduation Year: 1995

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Peter Joseph Mazzaglia, MD
(216) 445-8048
Cleveland Clinic A-120 9500 Euclid Avenue,
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: The Chicago Medical School: MD: 1978
Graduation Year: 1978

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John Edward Brunner, MD
(419) 537-5111
3140 W Central Ave
Toledo, OH
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: St Anne Mercy Hosp, Toledo, Oh; St Vincent Mercy Med Ctr, Toledo, Oh
Group Practice: Endocrine & Diebetes Care Ctr

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Nancy M McBride
(440) 333-9797
21245 Lorain Rd
Fairview Park, OH
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Douglas S Kerr
(216) 844-7700
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH
Specialty
Pediatric Endocrinology

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Priya Chinnappa, MD
(216) 368-7000
11311 Shaker Blvd
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kasturba Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1997

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Teresa Nelson Zimmerman, MD
(216) 844-3661
11100 Euclid Ave Ste 737
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wright State Univ Sch Of Med, Dayton Oh 45401
Graduation Year: 1981

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Stephen B Mooney
(330) 375-7722
95 Arch St
Akron, OH
Specialty
Reproductive Endocrinology

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(740) 395-8393
500 Burlington Rd
Jackson, OH
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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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