Patients Diabetes (Type 2)
General practitioner or specialist for diabetes?
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Morning everyone, how do we know if our primary care doctor is properly monitoring our diabetes care? I have diabetes (obviously) but I've got borderline metabolic syndrome and I feel like my doctor leaves me to fend for myself with diet and exercise on my own. I don't have an endocrinologist and my doctor says I don't need to see one. But is he right about this? Can I just make an appointment with an endocrinologist without his approval or will they just laugh me out of the office?
@naptnm Hello naptnm, thank you for starting this discussion! I'm sorry you're feeling like you're not being fully supported by your doctor. If you're worried about your health, don't be afraid to speak to your doctor about it or look for a second opinion. Let me tag some members who can share their experience with you.
Hello all, how are you doing today? Do you see your primary care doctor or a specialist for your diabetes? Are you satisfied with the care you receive? Are there things you think your doctor could do better? Does your doctor give you or refer you to nutritional or exercise advice? Feel free to share your experiences here!
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Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity US
@naptnm Morning! I saw my normal doctor up until the point where my diabetes got too hard for me to handle on my own and I started having complications. I was lucky in that my general doctor was really patient and answered all my questions and wrote me off a list of sites and books to look at.
But I think you should be able to see a specialist whenever you need, they're there for that. Maybe you can ask your regular guy if he can recommend a good nutritionist who focuses on diabetes or if he reccommends any resources for you?
I just see my primary care doctor. I go every month because I have to have my blood pressure checked being on the phentermine.I have to check my sugar and blood pressure twice a day so I keep a record of my readings and every visit I carry them so that she can see how my numbers are doing. So far she is well pleased with not only the weight that I’m losing,but also she is pleased with how the numbers for my sugar reading and blood pressure are doing.
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