cousin diagnosed but got no education

By Lakeland Latest Reply 2014-06-22 07:34:57 -0500
Started 2014-06-21 14:25:08 -0500

when I got diabetes, the local hospital had classes, I took them seriously & learned a lot, I just got back from seeing my husband's family, one member was recently diagnosed, but was just told to watch his sugar intake. he's taking 4 metfromin a day. That's not near enough info, his wife started asking me questions & I told her things she never heard of, like sugars include carbs & high fiber carbs ect. they told her nothing.

I just got home & wrapped up my education book & sent it to them, I hope it helps.


5 replies

GabbyPA 2014-06-22 07:34:57 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, this is very common. By the time I got a doctor to officially diagnose my diabetes, I had been on this site for about 6 months and had learned a LOT from all the members here. The info I got from my doctor was a photo copy from the dark ages of diabetes. No instructions, just the photo copies. I marked them up in red and brought them back to the office. I'm sure they didn't appreciate that. It was a joke what they gave me.

Glucerna 2014-06-21 21:49:41 -0500 Report

Your cousin is lucky to have you for information and support. In addition to this website, the American Diabetes Association website at has a section devoted to people newly diagnosed. Most hospitals have diabetes education programs available to anyone in the community. ~Lynn @Glucerna

RAYT721 2014-06-21 15:12:59 -0500 Report

Hi Diane! I can relate to your story because when I was diagnosed it came as a complete shock to me. It was about 6 pm when I was catching a snooze after work and the doctor phoned the results of the blood test a few days prior. His advice was to lose a few pounds (5 or 10), quit sugar, and, oh, to have a nice evening. The scariest part of a phone diagnosis is that besides being a primary care doctor, my doctor is a Diabetes Specialist.

I didn't quite understand Diabetes so I hung up and went to Walgreens for a test kit and strips. My first attempt at testing resulted in tears and blood splattered all over the tables, walls, and okay I'm exaggerating. But there was NO recommendation for diet, exercise, testing, education or anything. Thank God I googled diabetes that evening and found a website called Diabetic Connect.

The rest is history. I may not have the answers for others but I am here to offer support to the new (and old) friends that I have made here on Diabetic Connect even though I don't get to return here as often as I would like. My a1c is and has been around 6.5 for three years and not on any meds for it. As for the weight loss I went from 199 to 167 lbs where I have been for around a year now.

Sometimes I think the patients need to educate the doctors more than the doctors should even attempt to educate the patients.

Your story deserve thumbs up for sharing and caring and offering support to your family. Bravo!

jayabee52 2014-06-21 14:35:53 -0500 Report

I pray it helps too Diane. Can't he get his Dr to refer him to a Registered Dietician (RD) or a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and a class through them?

If not get a new Dr. I would guess that he (family member) has not even gotten a meter or instructions on how to use it? If so a change in Drs is needed tor sure!

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