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Your diabetes questions answered by consultant physician Dr Michela Rossi.

Our expert - Dr Michela Rossi

Dr Michela Rossi joined the Whittington Hospital in 2002 and is the Lead Consultant Physician in Endocrinology. She trained at Newcastle University Medical school and, following her training in clinical medicine, spent a productive time in research at The Hammersmith Hospital.

Her specialities are endocrinology and type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults.

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Retinal examination

Hi I have type2 diabetes' Iam going to have a retinal examination sometime why do I have it

1 reply , 389 views Tester, London - Fri, 31 Jan 2014


continuous blood glucose monitoring

How long would you think it might be before continuous blood glucose monitoring devices are standard practice for all, rather than just as part of the artificial pancreas pump system?

1 reply , 283 views Bryony, Abingdon - Thu, 30 Jan 2014


Beta cells

Can insulin beta cells proliferate and is the autoimmune attack on these cells a constant process of proliferation and destruction? Recent articles have suggested that diabetics may still have a very low level of insulin producing cells - would proliferation of these remaining cells be a better therapeutic potential than stem cells?

1 reply , 243 views Bryony, Abingdon - Thu, 30 Jan 2014


Diabetes and Weight Lifting

I started lifting weights fairly recently (about five months ago). I have always been very active and have always thought any exercise will make my blood sugar go down. I have come to the realization that this is not the case with weight lifting. My blood sugar skyrockets! I start in the 100 range, lift heavy weights for about an hour, and end up 300, 400, sometimes 500. Is this something abnormal? I also can't do cardio in addition to lifting because it's hard to predict the outcome of my...

1 reply , 291 views abby_t, United States - Wed, 29 Jan 2014



Hi Iam 61 and I have type 2 diabetes.My appetite has decreased.Is this related to the diabetes.1

1 reply , 305 views Tester, London - Wed, 29 Jan 2014


Type 2 diabetes

I have a foot Circulation Booster, is this safe to use with Type 2 diabetes? I have heard various theories, for and against, but not one that I feel confident with.

1 reply , 323 views WendyAnne, Fri, 24 Jan 2014


Accu Check

I use the Accu check. I would like to know how often should I check it and I would also like to know what the readings mean. Thanks

1 reply , 259 views Tester, London - Thu, 16 Jan 2014



hi \i am pre diabetic and am trying to lose weight and also keeping to the diet no medication yet . can you give any tips or helpful advice

1 reply , 271 views shemmydog1, United Kingdom - Thu, 16 Jan 2014


type 1 Diabetes

My daughter's basal rates during half of the day, afternoon to evening, are now at 0 insulin. She is still getting lows! We have given so much "free carbs", but because of dance--she is burning carbs and experiencing lows all the way through 2:30 AM! What other options aside from eating, eating, eating do we have?

1 reply , 356 views krishnad, California - Wed, 8 Jan 2014


High readings

I have been having high readings above 250 pretty consistently for about two weeks. I have been taking dibetes med, avoiding carbs, was sick with a "sinus infection" and taking augmentin but finished those a few days ago, yet having terrible readings. Also have recently had my bloodwork done for primary physician, including A1c,,with no change in medicine. Any info appreciated,thank you.

1 reply , 281 views zakk74, Portsmouth,Ohio - Wed, 8 Jan 2014

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