managing my diabetes

By casper4602 Latest Reply 2009-11-19 11:40:46 -0600
Started 2009-11-16 15:01:36 -0600

Should I rely on just my general practioner to guide me in dealing with diabetes

12 replies

bigkahuna2006 2009-11-19 04:02:56 -0600 Report

find a good endocrinologist and you will need a good family doctor, eye doctor and make sure they are able to watch out for diabeties problems. If you have a good team and family support you will be just fine.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-11-19 11:40:46 -0600 Report

Amen to both comments above—just be careful that the ones you really listen to, know the facts about YOU! We are all so different, as for me, I am finding with that malignant kidney removed, my BS are gradually coming down and STAYING there—-pretty much—but still check—Welcome!! Pat R

kdroberts 2009-11-17 20:23:45 -0600 Report

Yes, no, maybe. You need a team that includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists, an eye doctor, a dentist and maybe a podiatrist. Your doctors and dentist need to know diabetes though, some do, some don't. You have to make sure that you have some that do.

rankearl 2009-11-17 14:34:02 -0600 Report

hi casper a goood endo dr if you dont have that just agood dr you can talk too and ask questions i have read many good books about diabetes the libary has manyy the are all kinds of sites online too buy used books if you know the tilit im not computor savy but i have been reviewing other peoples book sugggestions take life one day at a time and do the best that you can do best wishes julie

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-17 06:51:00 -0600 Report

Good morning Pat,

You can take my advice for what it's worth, but I think that you should find a good endocrinologist, since they specialize in this field. And I agree with Sarguillo, you also need a good support group, not only on this site, but in the town/city where you live. Educate yourself as much as you can. Remember, knowledge is power, the more we know and understand about our disease, the better off we are, and I think that it can help us deal better with all the stresses we go through. But, as you educate yourself, keep a positive attitude, and just look at how far we have come over the years, and how much further we are going with new and better treatments every day. It seems that there is always something new in the works. Hang in there, and take care of yourself. Your friend, Sue T.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-11-17 11:01:31 -0600 Report

Good morning, Sue T!

Casper—-I am so thankful for the good friends found on this site—I think when we hear those words, "diabetis" it is usually such a surprise that we automatically become suspicious of every new bump and spot, wondering if it is somehow conneted, and this is a good site to question others, some, of course, need a professional's answer, but the rest of us here can share our own questions and fears, and as has been stated many times, knowledge is power, the answer to fears, we all can help in some manner and TOGETHER we can help provide a piece of the puzzle of LIFE! HUgs, Pat R

GiGiB 2009-11-16 21:19:03 -0600 Report

I agree and recommend what everyone here has posted. I wanted to add: RESEARCH! RESEARCH! There is a lot you can research and find and also talk to your doctor and support group about.

GiGi :0)

judy makowski
judy makowski 2009-11-16 21:11:43 -0600 Report

A good doc helps. So can staff in her office (nurses, nurse practioners). If you can take a diabetes class that would be great. Some insurances pay for it and some don't. Just like everything else.

If you have the support of your family and friends you are ahead of the game. Then you always us have us here on this site.

There are some good books out there to that are written for the lay person and easy to understand read.

Good luck

Hinboyz3 2009-11-16 19:11:49 -0600 Report

You need your doctor, and your family to give your strength and lots of support too. And this website you will find lots of friends in the same boat as yourself and not affraid to talk to you and hold your hand and support you too, whenever you need it.

Sarguillo 2009-11-16 18:34:04 -0600 Report

You need a team. but with most insurance now a days, its up to your doctor to put together the team. Some insurance wont pay for it. others will. A good dietician is generally a good idea to see. Make sure you take your diabetes classes if they are available. A good nurse practisioner is good in case you cant get ahold of your doctor. What do they call the doc that deals with diabetes mostly? One of them is good to have on your team. Then dont forget a good group of family around you that support your condition and are willing to help emothionally if not any other way. It takes more than just you and your doctor to do this. Hope you understand. Good luck.

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