Melissa Conrad Stoppler

Melissa Conrad StopplerMelissa Conrad Stoppler, M.D., is a wife, mother, and a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist who has been living with type 2 diabetes since 1999.

Dr. Stoppler's educational background includes a B.A. with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an M.D. from the University of North Carolina. Following her residency training in Pathology she completed subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. She has served as an Assistant Professor of Pathology in the Georgetown University School of Medicine and was also on the medical faculty at the University of Marburg, Germany.

Currently Dr. Stoppler serves on the Medical Editorial Board of, a WebMD Inc. company. Dr. Stoppler has taught medical students, residents, and graduate students in Germany and the U.S. Her special interests in medicine include family health and fitness, patient education/empowerment, and molecular diagnostic pathology.

Dr. Stoppler resides in Georgia with her husband, a professor at the Medical College of Georgia, and their three young children. She brings to her column, Balancing Act, the unique perspective of not only a mother balancing type 2 diabetes with the rest of her life, but she adds the duality of a doctor who is also a patient.

My Wall of Inspiration
Learning from others who have been there.

Diabetes Disaster Planning
Part of living with diabetes means being prepared for emergencies.

A Moving Experience
Taking your diabetes on a cross-country trek.

Changes in Diabetes Care
Keeping up with the changes and being an advocate for your health.

A Lesson
The learning curve with diabetes can be sharp.

My Biggest Diabetes Mistake
Setting goals and sticking with them can make all the difference.

Six People You Need to Tell
Keeping those who need to know about your diabetes in the know.

When It's Time to Change Doctors
Prioritize your needs when choosing a health care provider.

Another Reason to Turn Off the TV
Study links high HbA1C levels to kids' constant viewing.

My Summer Diabetes Plan
Keeping cool crucial for supplies as well as your body.

Sweet Talk
Explaining diabetes to kids loaded with teachable moments.

My Own Unexpected Diagnosis
Type 2 diabetes can strike even the healthiest person.

Healthy Treats, Healthy Examples
As obesity rises, one school models proper eating.

Making Healthy Resolutions
Be true to you when deciding what you will change.

Sugar-Free Holiday Chocolates?
Sweet treat can still be menace to blood sugar.

Controlling Holiday Excesses
Keeping yourself cool this holiday season.

Surviving Burnout
Making changes the key to making recovery

Do You Need a Support Group?
Whether joining or starting a group, make sure it fits your life

Avoiding "Responsibility Overload"
Keeping stress levels and your diabetes controlled.

Dehydration, Diabetes, and Summer Heat
Combating dehydration in the hot, hot summer heat.

Traveling Abroad with Diabetes
Pack wisely, plan ahead for peace of mind.

dLife's Daily Living columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team to find out what will work best for you.

Last Modified Date: June 05, 2013

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by Brenda Bell
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...
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