Do I need to see any doctors besides my primary care doctor?


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  • Riddler
    3 months ago

    I’m seeing my primary care, a DE, a dietitian(at times), a podiatrist(every three months), a cardiologist, and an Endo(thyroid) so far.

    Now if there’s someone else later who knows. All depends on things happening or not happening. But my primary care doctor seems to be taking very good care of me and if she sees something she has questions on or don’t like I’m being tested as to what’s going on. And if after getting results back if she sees something in it she wants an specialist to take a look at I’m scheduled for it. I have a very good care in this.

  • Margot moderator
    3 months ago

    It’s so great to hear of this wonderful care you have from your primary care doctor @Riddler !! Thank you so much for sharing with us. Have you found the specialists you’ve seen so far to be helpful? Thinking of you. Best, Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team Member

  • Riddler
    3 months ago

    Very much so. They also do thorough tests on me. Especially the cardiologist. I have a great team all the way round so far. Wouldn’t trade any of them.

    I’m always wondering about what I’ve read in how Endos seem to have tighter ranges on glucose reads than what the ADA shows. If this endo I’m seeing for thyroid was to see some of my reads that ADA finds acceptable she’d probably have a fit. 😉

  • slpugh
    7 months ago

    If you are poor you get to see a nurse practitioner. The clinic then sends you to a diabetes educator, mine is a pharmacist. Then you have the option of seeing a dietician. Mine works for the maternity and infant part of clinic care. Poor people do not get the level of care you describe. If I can’t pay for an eye exam and glasses, I don’t see the optometrist.

  • v5e0ct
    9 months ago

    I currently have 8 Drs on my care team. My primary, an endo, a gastroenterologist, nephrologist, neurosurgeon (back problem), general surgeon (hernias), podiatrist and rheumatologist. I’m a messn. Lol. My primary care Dr is great, but she doesn’t hesitate to send me to a specialist when she thinks it’s needed.

  • Margot moderator
    9 months ago

    Thanks so much for sharing v5e0ct! It is great to hear that your doctor sends you to specialists when she thinks they will help! Have you found them helpful? Thinking of you. Best, Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team Member

  • Shelley, TheLongPointGirl moderator
    9 months ago

    I hope it’s ok to offer another option. There is absolutely a place for the specialists but if your primary doctor is very skilled in diabetes care, that may be all you need in the early days after diagnosis if your care can be managed effectively. I had amazing care for 12 years with my family doctor. I have only gotten the specialists this year. Maybe have a conversation with your primary doctor and ask what their comfort is with this type of care.

  • Margot moderator
    1 year ago

    In addition to your primary healthcare provider, you may wish to see a diabetes educator, dietitian, nutritionist, or complementary or alternative medicine provider. You can find out more about these here! https://type2diabetes.com/living-with-t2d/ and https://type2diabetes.com/treatment/complementary-alternative/.

  • Kelly Dabel, RD
    1 year ago

    There are several key players you want to have on your Diabetes Team in addition to regular check-ups with your primary care doctor. An Optometrist or Ophthalmologist will monitor your eye health and vision, regular dental exams are a critical piece in your overall health, a podiatrist helps ensure the health and care of your feet, a Diabetes Educator and/or Registered Dietitian will help you navigate changes to your diet and a counselor or therapist can be very helpful in providing support and resources as you process your diagnosis. If your condition is difficult to manage it may be a good idea to also see an Endocrinologist, or Diabetes-specific doctor in addition to your primary care doctor. They specialize in all things Diabetes and as a specialist, have extensive knowledge and experience with managing diabetes.

  • Meryl Krochmal, RD, CSP, CDE, CNSC moderator
    1 year ago

    I would encourage anyone with type 2 diabetes to see an Endocrinologist in addition to their primary care doctor. Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands. The glands in a person’s body release hormones. Endocrinologists treat people who suffer from hormonal imbalances. If you have any chronic complications (i.e. Kidney disease) you may need to see other specialized physicians. Your primary care doctor can give you a referral if a specialist is needed. .

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