By kejo Latest Reply 2013-11-18 19:02:01 -0600
Started 2013-11-15 01:05:24 -0600

I'm in healthcare and I was talking to my endocrinologist. I was completely shocked on how little primary doctors are educating people when diagnosing them with diabetes. Most patients can't explain what diabetes is…

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Armourer 2013-11-18 19:02:01 -0600 Report

Docs don't talk about it cause they don't know either! Okay, I'm jiving but two weeks ago I spent three days in the hospital and the nurses and I argued about how to give me my insulin. Before diner my BG was 86. Ate what they allowed me to and my BG was finally checked five hours later and the BG was 177. I was given 1 unit of humalog! Hospital only does sliding scale. I'm not surprised nobody knows.

Icaruscanfly 2013-11-17 18:53:01 -0600 Report

That is really a shame! My primary sat down, drew me pictures of what was going on in my body…well what WASN'T going on. He was fabulous! My advice to anyone who has a Dr. That doesn't take the time…switch Drs. I went through 2 family practices before i found my current …and i am super happy. Remember they work for you, they are not gods…justhumans.

jayabee52 2013-11-15 14:07:38 -0600 Report

It is not just limited to Diabetes. They seem to do that regarding many other maladies as well.

Many GPs don't take the time to explain much of anything to their patients. They seem to be dignosing and Rx writing automotons.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-11-15 22:03:27 -0600 Report

Have to agree, James. Often, unless you know the questions to ask they won't give answers. Even worse, they might not even know the answers.

kejo 2013-11-15 16:52:53 -0600 Report

When I was diagnosed, they threaten me with renal failure and my limbs to be chopped off! The good days are gone!

jigsaw 2013-11-15 09:48:11 -0600 Report

Yes, it's definitely a changing world. Most primary care physicians simply diagnose and prescribe medications or an appropriate specialist. In my 20 years of diabetes, I have only had one primary care physician that actually took an hour or so to discuss any issues. He was a gem. Just another reason why it's so important to be informed and pro-active about our own health.

kejo 2013-11-15 11:24:08 -0600 Report

I'm so glad you were fortunate enough to have an physician that cared enough to discuss the disorder. :)

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2013-11-15 06:25:03 -0600 Report

I work in preclinical research, the problem is more rampant than just that. I've worked with scientists that think you can trigger diabetes by 'fattening' the subject up. These are the people developing our new treatments…

kejo 2013-11-15 11:22:11 -0600 Report

It just saddens me because people don't know they're damaging their bodies because they don't know the consequences of not caring for themselves.

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