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Amy Hess-Fischl MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE

Certified Diabetes Educator and Transitional Program Coordinator
Kovler Diabetes Center
Chicago, IL
Amy Hess-Fischl is a member of the EndocrineWeb Editorial Board.

About Amy Hess-Fischl MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE

Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE is a program coordinator for the Teen and Adolescent Diabetes Transition Program at the University of Chicago’s Kovler Diabetes Center. She is also a certified diabetes educator, nutrition specialist, and certified insulin pump trainer.

Her professional activities include writing CE test items for the American Association of Diabetes Educators, reviewing submissions for the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, and participating on the advisory boards of Nature’s Way, Dreamfields Pasta, and Jolly Time Popcorn.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. While earning her Master of Science degree from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI, she researched the effect evening snacks have on blood sugars of patients with type 1 diabetes.

Publications

Hess AL, Seibert T. Insulin and Insulin Delivery Devices - Tools to Implement Intensive Treatment. Spring 2000. On The Cutting Edge. Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group. American Dietetic Association. Volume 21, Number 2.

Hess-Fischl A. Practical Management of Patient with Diabetes in Critical Care. April-June 2004. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. Volume 27, Number 2. 189-200.

Evert A, Hess-Fischl A. Pediatric Nutrition Resources for the Patient and the Health Professional, American Dietetic Association 2005.

Power Foods to Combat Cancer Risk. Summer 1997 On Health (regional publication of St. James Hospital and Health Centers).

Here Comes the Sun! Healthy Eating During the Summer. Summer 1998 On Health.

Food For Thought: Back to School Basics for Active Youngsters. Fall 1998 On Health.

Herbs for Health. Winter 1998 On Health.

The Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children: Building Healthy Muscles, Bones, and Eating Habits. Winter 1999 On Health.

Simply Cooking. October 2002. Diabetes Self-Management.

Nutrition Resources on The Web. May 2003. Diabetes Self-Management.

 

Articles Written by Amy Hess-Fischl MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE

Hyperglycemia: When Your Blood Glucose Level Goes Too High
Hyperglycemia means the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood is elevated beyond normal. It is a complication some people with diabetes experience. Learn the common symptoms and how to prevent hyperglycemia.
Hypoglycemia Overview
Hypoglycemia is when your blood glucose level drops too low. It’s most common in people with diabetes, but it is possible to have low blood sugar even when you don’t have diabetes. Intro article to the basics of hypoglycemia.
Prediabetes
Being diagnosed with pre-diabetes doesn’t mean that you will definitely develop type 2 diabetes. Learn the treatment for pre-diabetes, and how lifestyle changes like eating better and getting exercise can help you avoid type 2.
Clinical Application of the Effects of Fat, Protein, and Glycemic Index on Postprandial Glucose Control
Mealtime insulin dosing calculation should focus on meal composition—including fat, protein, and glycemic index—rather than carbohydrate counting alone, according to a systematic review published in the June issue of Diabetes Care.
Type 2 Diabetes Causes
There are several causes of type 2 diabetes, including genetics and lifestyle choices. Developing type 2 is very dependent on how healthy you are: how well you eat and how physically fit you are. Learn what causes insulin resistance and type 2.
Type 2 Diabetes Complications
With type 2 diabetes, you must control your blood glucose level if you want to avoid short- and long-term complications. Hypoglycemia, eye problems (retinopathy), nerve problems (neuropathy), kidney disease, and heart disease can all be prevented.
Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes (also called type 2 diabetes mellitus) develop gradually because it takes time for your body to develop insulin resistance. Learn more about symptoms in this article.
What is Insulin?
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. Insulin helps keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia).
10 Tips to Lessen Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Ongoing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals like BPA lead to a number of diseases including diabetes, early onset of puberty, cancer, neurobehavioral disorders, and thyroid disorders.
Type 2 Diabetes: Key Facts
Type 2 diabetes is more common than type 1 diabetes. About 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes have T2D while another 84 million have prediabetes, putting them at risk for diabetes within 5 years. Learn the basics.
Hypoglycemia Treatment
Your hypoglycemia treatment plan is based on what is causing your blood glucose levels to fall below normal. Your doctor will take into account your symptoms and lifestyle when recommending treatments for hypoglycemia (low blood glucose).
Depression and Distress in Diabetes
Diabetes, like any chronic disease, is associated with an increased risk for depression and distress. In fact, people with diabetes have a twofold higher prevalence of depression compared with the general population.
Insulin-Related Hypoglycemia and Errors Lead to ED Visits and Hospitalizations Particularly in the Elderly
Insulin-related hypoglycemia and errors (IHEs) are significant causes of emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations in insulin-treated people with diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin
If your type 2 diabetes symptoms can't be controlled with diet, exercise, and oral medications, you may wish to use insulin. Learn more about your options.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Type 2 Diabetes
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a draft recommendation regarding screening for abnormal blood glucose levels in all adults at increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

Articles Reviewed by Amy Hess-Fischl MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE

Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise
When you have type 2 diabetes, you must exercise. You probably heard that the day you were diagnosed. Learn what kinds of exercise to do and how to stick with an exercise plan so that you can better control of your diabetes.

How Much Do You Know About Prediabetes? Take the 2-Minute Quiz

Prediabetes, or elevated blood sugar, puts you at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, See how much you know about prediabetes by taking this 2minute quiz,
Information in this quiz is general in nature and is provided for informational purposes only. Content is not intended to substitute for consulting a medical professional. Always consult a trained medical professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard medical advice as a result of something you may have read on SpineUniverse.
Self-Monitoring Blood Sugar Improves Glucose Control Even in Type 2 Diabetes
08/06/2015 - People with type 2 diabetes who aren't on insulin can benefit from monitoring their own blood sugar, just as those on insulin can, according to new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
Type 2 Diabetes: How to Lose Weight
With type 2 diabetes, the benefits of eating better can help you manage your weight, reduce your needs for meds, and control your glucose levels.
Gestational Diabetes: A Risk Factor for Autism?
05/20/2015 - Women who develop gestational diabetes early in their pregnancy have a slightly higher risk of having a child diagnosed with autism, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Learn the best ways to manage diabetes if you're diagnosed during pregnancy.
Who Should Be Tested for Diabetes, and How is Diabetes Diagnosed?
Diabetes is diagnosed using one of four simple blood tests in a doctor’s office or health clinic. The tests measure your blood-glucose level, which means the amount of sugar in your blood. Many people with diabetes do not have symptoms so it is important to get tested if you have risk factors for the disease.
FDA Targets Trans Fats and Officially Bans PHOs from Foods
06/16/2015 - In a move that many health care practitioners consider long overdue, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) pose too much of a health risk to be used as an ingredient in foods. Consumption of PHOs is linked to coronary heart disease and thousands of fatal heart attacks each year, according to the FDA.
Diabulimia: The Diabetes Eating Disorder
08/05/2015 - An eating disorder unique to people with type 1 diabetes called diabulimia, has become more prevalent in recent years and been gaining attention among experts, according to Lorraine Platka-Bird, PhD, RD, a diabetes educator who will be discussing the condition at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting in New Orleans this week.
Acetaminophen Can Falsely Elevate CGM Readings
08/21/2015 - A new study finds that acetaminophen may affect the accuracy of continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) more than was previously thought. 
Google + Dexcom = High-Tech, Low-Cost Diabetes Devices
08/13/2015 - Dexcom and the new Google Life Sciences company are teaming up to develop bandage-thin continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices. Google Life Sciences is one of the new companies that Google created under its restructured and newly named company, Alphabet.
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
Article describes lifestyle changes, such as eating right and exercising, that can help you prevent type 2 diabetes.
Boost Your Bone Health with Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements
To boost bone health, your doctor may recommend both calcium and Vitamin D supplements. Calcium, along with phosphorous, is one of the main minerals the body needs to create bone cells. The body also depends on calcium for a number of bodily functions — supporting the nerves, heart and other muscles in addition to some organs.
Sulfonylureas for Type 2 Diabetes
Sulfonylureas are a type of medications used to treat type 2 diabetes. They were the first drug developed to help people better control their blood glucose levels. Learn how sulfonylureas work and if they’re right for you.

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