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

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.

Can Whey Protein Control Blood Sugar?

Researchers from Israel believe people with diabetes could benefit from this protein-rich beverage.
Researchers from Israel believe people with Type 2 diabetes could benefit from this whey protein drinks.

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.

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.

Diabetes Concerns in High School

Alcohol, Sports, Driving — How to Tackle Important Topics with a Diabetic Teen
For kids with type 1 diabetes, high school brings up some special concerns: driving, sports, and more. Take time to talk to your high schooler about how diabetes plays into these daily life decisions.

Can A Common Germ Cure Diabetes?

One of the most common healthy bacteria in the gut could be a key to curing diabetes, according to new animal research that used an engineered form of the probiotic to create new insulin-creating cells in the intestine.
One of the most common healthy bacteria in the gut, Lactobacillus, could be a key to curing diabetes--probiotics may be used to reproduce new insulin-creating cells in the intestine.

5 Tips for Eating Good Bacteria

Try some of these probiotics to add more good bacteria to your day.
Eating probiotic-rich foods like kefir, greek yogurt, real sauerkraut, dark chocolate, and artichokes are a great way to get good bacteria in your diet.

Eating Well with Diabetes

What to Eat When You Have Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes
It is important to eat well when you have diabetes. But eating well with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes doesn’t mean you have to go on a diabetic diet. Depending on what type of diabetes you have, you may need to plan your meals or control portions. Learn more about eating well with diabetes.

Milk Allergy: Beware of Dark Chocolate

New Food and Drug Administration study found that some dark chocolate may contain milk products.
If you have a milk allergy, be aware that a high proportion of tested dark chocolates contained milk.

Type 2 Treatments: Diabetes Medications, Exercise, and Eating Well

Type 2 diabetes treatment options are all about controlling blood glucose levels. Intro to diabetes medications, exercise, and eating well.

Grocery Shopping on a Budget

If you have diabetes, you know that what you eat is critical to your health. But finding highly nutritious foods when you are on a budget, or live in an area with limited grocery stores, can be challenging. Here are some tips on how to shop on a limited budget.

Ask the Expert: Government Dietary Standards

Q: I am a type 2 insulin diabetic. Government sources suggest eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. I have noticed my blood sugar reading go very high. Is the advice given wrong for diabetics.

Improving Quality of Diet Decreases Diabetes Risk

While individualization is key to any successful meal plan, a new study found that eating a varied diet containing "quality" foods can cut your risk of developing diabetes.
Eating a varied diet containing "quality" foods can cut your risk of developing diabetes.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 Hidden Sugar Traps and How to Avoid Them

Americans sip, slurp, munch and crunch a whopping 18 to 23 teaspoons of added sugars per day – that’s 78 pounds per year! Until labels get smarter about added sugars, here’s how you can avoid “hidden sugar” traps today.

Grazing My Way Through Manhattan

My love affair with food began in childhood but when I was a little kid.

How to Count Carbs at Restaurants

Do Your Research Before Dining Out
Article walks you through the basics of counting carbs at restaurants. You’ll need to do your research before dining out, and when you’re at a restaurant, don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself.

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.

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.

7 shortcuts for cutting expenses on healthy living.

5 Insulin Mistakes You Need to Avoid

If you use insulin to keep your blood sugar in check, these five common mistakes could lead to dangerous lows or highs. What you need to know if you have diabetes and rely on insulin.

The Essential Diabetes Travel Bag

What to Pack for Diabetes Management
This article offers a list of common “must-haves” for the management of diabetes during your vacation.

Diabetes and Poverty

Despite having insurance, difficulty paying for food and medications affects a persons ability to cope with their diabetes.
Food-insecurity and medication underuse due to affordability are two factors affecting low-income people with diabetes.

Carb Counting at Breakfast: Start Your Day Off Right

Counting your carbs at breakfast can help you start your day off right—whether you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Managing Diabetes on Business Trips

Tips for Frequent Business Travelers
Taking a few steps to ensure that you are keeping your blood glucose in control during travel can make traveling for business a breeze.

4 Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Professional Before You Travel

Get Help Managing Diabetes on Your Trip
To better prepare yourself for travel when you have diabetes, schedule an early visit with your doctor, especially if you are traveling overseas.

Air Travel Regulations and Diabetes Management

How to Navigate Airport Security
Navigating airport security can be a challenge, especially for people living with diabetes. Plan ahead with this article to avoid additional travel stress.

Patients’ Guide to Traveling Well with Diabetes

Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Trip
This Patients’ Guide is designed to help you plan ahead to successfully manage diabetes while you travel.

Hitting the Road with Diabetes

How to Prepare for a Long Car Trip
Follow these tips for managing your diabetes before and during your next road trip.
Exercising When You Have Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes

Watch Your Blood Glucose Levels when Exercising

Special Exercise Considerations for People with Diabetes

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Disclosed Relationships

Consultant
Abbott Diabetes Care
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Roche Diagnostics
Speakers' Bureau
Sanofi Aventis, Eli Lilly
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