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

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

About Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, 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.


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, CDE

Stressed at Work? You May Be At Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Increased stress on the job can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Stress affects your body's ability to control blood sugar levels, leading to elevated levels in some people.
Everyone experiences some level of stress on the job.

What Causes Diabetes-related Foot Problems?

Diabetic Neuropathy, Infections, and Poor Shoe Choices
Article explains internal and external factors that can lead to diabetes-related foot problems.

3 Diabetes Prevention Tips

Take control of your health by committing to lifestyle changes
If you've been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, it's time to take some steps to prevent type 2 diabetes. Article provides 3 tips for diabetes prevention, including losing weight, eating healthy, and exercising.

Type 2 Diabetes: Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis

Type 2 diabetes is the more common form of diabetes, and it used to be called adult-onset diabetes or non-insulin-dependent diabetes. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis for type 2 diabetes.

Fish Oils May Help People With Diabetes

Researchers find that omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) can help prevent fatty liver disease and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Eating a diet high in fish, and subsequently omega-3 fatty acids, can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease

Diabetes and Foot Infections

Treating and Preventing Foot Infections
Article explains why foot infections are so common in people with diabetes and offers tips on how to prevent them.

How to Choose the Right Shoes When You Have Diabetes

Tips for Assessing Your Footwear
Tips for buying shoes that can help protect you from diabetes-related foot problems.

Cholesterol and Diabetes

The ADA's revised treatment guidelines contain many updates, but one of the most significant is a push for statin therapy across-the-board. It's a serious effort to stop cardiovascular disease, one of the prime causes of death for people with diabetes.
Keeping your cholesterol in check is a good idea when you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Learn about new ADA Guidelines and cholesterol treatments that work for people with diabetes.

Getting Accurate Blood Glucose Test Results

How to Reduce Errors when Testing Blood Glucose Levels
What can affect the accuracy of your blood glucose test results when you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes? This article explains how to reduce errors when using blood glucose meters and test strips.

Newly Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes

Whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, you can handle this new world of diets, medications, and monitoring blood glucose levels. Find out how to deal with diabetes.

What to Expect During a Foot Exam

Questions and Tests for Diabetic Foot Problems
Article describes tests and procedures that are used to diagnose diabetic foot problems.

7 Hot-Weather Workout Tips to Keep You Safe

When you have diabetes, working out in hot weather can cause all kinds of challenges. One of the biggest concerns: a drop or increase in blood sugar levels without much warning. Don't miss these expert tips for how to stay safe.

When to Start Transition Care in Type 1 Diabetes

What Age Is the Right Age?
When should you pass more responsibility to your child with type 1 diabetes? When should they start taking more of an active role in their diabetes care? Read this article from our Guide to Transition Care in Type 1 Diabetes to find out.

What Is Transition Care in Type 1 Diabetes?

How to Plan Ahead for the Transition from Pediatric to Adult Diabetes Care
If your child has type 1 diabetes, have you heard the phrase transition care? You should have: it's about making sure your child makes the jump from pediatric to adult diabetes care smoothly.

Diabetes Transition Care Resources

Finding Support for Your Child in the Diabetes Community
Successful diabetes transition care (from pediatric to adult care and from parent-managed care to diabetic-managed care) takes place in a community, and there are many resources to help you make the transition.

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

Diagnosing Prediabetes

Who is at risk for prediabetes, and what are the tests for screening?
Who is at risk for prediabetes, what are the tests for diagnosing prediabetes, and why is screening important?

Type 1 Diabetes and Sleepovers

10 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe When She Spends the Night Away from Home
Slumber parties are an important childhood activity. Learn what you can do to help your child have a successful slumber party experience when she has type 1 diabetes.

How to Achieve Tight Type 1 Blood Glucose Control

Is Intensive Insulin Therapy Right for You?
Controlling blood glucose levels is essential when you have type 1 diabetes, but how do you have tight diabetes control? And how do you know if tight diabetes control (also known as intensive insulin therapy) is right for you?

6 Things People With Diabetes Can Do To Have a More Supportive Partner

People with diabetes who are married to a supportive partner have a secret weapon in helping to better manage their disease.

Can Cranberry Juice Control Blood Sugar and Lower Blood Pressure?

What the science has to say about cranberry juice and hypertension.
A new study found that drinking cranberry juice reduces some key risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The study adds compelling evidence to the growing body of research on the benefits of berries on the heart.

Thyroid Disease 101

Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk to develop thyroid disease.
Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk to develop thyroid disease. An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can create problems with glucose control and insulin resistance, while an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can boost your cholesterol. Find out more.

Hypothyroidism and Diabetes

Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this autoimmune disorder.
People with diabetes have a high risk for hypothyroidism, a disorder that occurs when the thyroid gland produces lower amounts of hormones than the body needs. Learn more.

Hyperthyroidism and Diabetes

Hyperthyroidism can make blood glucose control difficult, so proper diagnosis and treatment are important.
People with type 1 diabetes are at a high risk for hyperthyroidism, a condition caused by the overproduction of thyroid hormones. Find out more.

Tips for Managing Nighttime Hypoglycemia

How to Avoid Low Blood Glucose Overnight
Nighttime hypoglycemia is a concern for people with diabetes. Learn how to prevent nighttime lows with a few easy steps.

Eating Right With Celiac Disease and Diabetes

Overcoming the challenges of eating low carb and gluten-free.
Overcoming the challenges of eating low carb and gluten-free and staying healthy with diabetes and celiac disease.

Type 2 Diabetes and Memory Loss

How diabetes-related inflammation impacts the brain
Type 2 diabetes can create inflammation which leads to reduced blood flow and memory loss in older adults. Find out more.

4 Breathing Exercises for Better Sleep

Now a 2015 study shows that sleep deprivation hikes your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and can pack on the pounds, worsening your disease if you already have it.

Prediabetes, or elevated blood sugar, puts you at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially if you are overweight, but you can take steps to prevent it.

7 shortcuts for cutting expenses on healthy living.

Considering Pot for Pain?

Here’s what you need to know about obtaining medical marijuana
If you suffer from diabetic neuropathic pain, a new study says inhaled cannabis may help lessen pain. Here are tips on how to obtain marijuana for medical use.

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Roche Diagnostics
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Sanofi Aventis, Eli Lilly