Newbie w/type2, and no education from Dr.

By massagehands Latest Reply 2013-05-11 06:24:15 -0500
Started 2013-04-24 14:23:56 -0500

Hi, I am new to this site and was wondering, I have been diagnosed with type 2 8 mths ago, I was put on Metformin 500mg once a day, and that was the last discussion I have had with my Dr. obviously I need a new Dr, from other discussions in here that I have read, but should I be checking my levels daily? My A1c was 6.0.
Any thoughts and thank you in advance for any feed back.

10 replies

Fefe12 2013-05-11 06:24:15 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed I saw my endro, and my family doc and my diabetic nutritionist every month for about the first 6 months. Now I see my family once every two months, my endro, every 6 months and my nutritionist twice a year. But I will call and make an appt anytime I feel the need. You need to trust your doc. If you do make an appt and tell him you feel negleted and you need to see him more often.If you really dont care call a new one

mathew1321 2013-05-06 02:08:04 -0500 Report

I was on metformin 1000mg but not any more and yes u should check ur blood sugar daily It helps keeps a healthy life and complicated spikes

Sheri Lynn
Sheri Lynn 2013-04-26 07:42:59 -0500 Report

Dr. Gary, so many doctors flip out if you ask questions as those you are doubting them.

When I went in to my Dr of 15 years because I knew something was wrong. Ran blood work, got a call from the nurse that everything was fine on the blood work. I was doubtful and wanted to see so I picked up a copy. On the lab results it stated that my BG was high.

I called to go sit down and discuss this with my Doctor. He walks in, snatches the results out of my hand, and says I should have fasted. I state I did as instructed, no food 12 hours. I asked what I needed to do and he said all I needed was to be out walking. I had to literally beg for some information.

I walked out and went in search of another Doctor. It took three months to get into my new Doctor and my BG was 299.

My new Doctor told me just walking was not what was going to get this under control.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-04-25 16:17:36 -0500 Report

Hi messagehands,

I am wondering if it wouldn't help to have a talk with your doctor. Let him/her know that you aren't comfortable that you know how to take the best possible care of yourself, and you need some guidance. Bring a list of question. You might also ask for a referral to a diabetes educator. This might be a time to really advocate for yourself. Sometimes, as they say, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Nice to see you here!


sNerTs1 2013-04-25 10:11:53 -0500 Report

It is very important for you to have a working relationship between your doc and yourself. I was guilty of not seeing a doctor at all unless I was terribly sick as I had seen enough growing up. Knowing that, when I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes, my doctor flat out told me … "Get used to seeing me, your ways are going to change from here on out and you WILL become a frequent flyer in my office". Typically, diabetics are seen every 3 months for a neuropathy check, A1C level and discussions regarding your BG (blood glucose) levels. He also set me up with a nutritionist. I didn't like her at all since she took one look at me and decided that I would never get "low BG's" (I'm guessing because of my weight) as she told me as much. Sure I got a free plate showing portion control and taught how to use my meter …whoopie! Since then, I had gotten a new nutritionist who works with me and helps me greatly.

Of concern here .. 1. You don't take BG levels. 2. You were never taught about the seriousness of this disease. 3. You haven't had any follow-ups. Taking medication alone doesn't cure this disease.

It is important for you to contact your doctor and ask for a nutritionist as well as working out a plan of treatment. You should also be getting your eyes checked including dilation. Educate yourself through reading and asking questions. IF your doctor stays lax as to your treatment, yes, I might look for another one. Not knowing where you are regionally, I understand that sometimes physicians are few and far between so that might not be a choice you have available to you. I had found that reading the book that Dr. Bernstein wrote called "Diabetic Solution" helped me understand a lot.

I pray that you get the help you need and deserve so that your life stays full and rich with love and peace. Let us know how you do please. *Hugs* Cheryl

Gwen214 2013-04-24 20:38:05 -0500 Report

Do you talk to your doctor? Do you ask your doctor questions? Do you see a nutritionist? Do you have a family doctor or an endocrinologist? Yes, I'm guilty for suggesting seeing another doctor, but first try to communicate with your doctor. I'm a type 1 and my doctor determined my health plan by my BG numbers, meal and activity plan. So, before any drastic or minor changes talk to your doctor first.

Scarlet03 2013-04-24 19:41:05 -0500 Report

According to your last A1C…its perfect!!!

Sometimes it takes a while to adjust to the shock of this disease…IVe had type 2 for the last 13 years so far…and I test 6 to 8 times daily…that's the first step to taking care of yourself…and watching your carbohydrates and eating healthy
…and if you can go to a diabetic nutritionist they will give you tips on what to do…there are many people here that can give ideas, but were not doctors, we're living through this disease in our own experinence

Its always good to keep an open communicaition with the doctor you have…

Your doctors job is to make sure that you stay healthy as possible…I do my best to talk with mine when I go there…we have a right to change doctors…but that's up to you…

manapua72 2013-04-24 19:03:25 -0500 Report

I don't know you , nor do I know your doctor … I'm not gonna jump the gun and say you need a new doctor … Have you tried to work with your doctor ??? Try so first … Most doctors are good people and do have an honest concern for their patients well being … Yes as a diabetic you should be checking your blood glucose daily …

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-24 18:00:17 -0500 Report

Yes you need another doctor. In the mean time you can educate yourself by reading the information contained in the Understanding Diabetes tab at the top of the page. While you are reading please write down all the questions you have based on what you are reading. Take these questions with you to your new doctor and ask them. Did you try talking to the doctor you have? In some cases when a patient doesn't ask questions the doctor isn't going to take the time to volunteer information. You also have to check you levels. Good luck.

alanbossman 2013-04-24 16:23:46 -0500 Report

Yes you need to check your blood sugar levels and have your 3 month A1c done also
You need to find another doctor