Momma Day's Girl
By Momma Day's Girl Latest Reply 2010-07-05 18:22:00 -0500
Started 2010-07-03 10:52:04 -0500

I have been told that regular checkups with an Endocrinoligist is more benificial than any other doctor. Is this True? Let me hear from all of you out there… Iwant the best of care in light of the brain damage thing.

12 replies

kartist1 2010-07-05 18:02:19 -0500 Report

Thank you for the indo information. I have seen one since my diabetic inception 4 years ago. My A1C count was 7 exactly… I was amazed. Since then I have been taking care myself greatly. I am type II and it does not run in my family. I still shake my head in amazement. Life goes on and you deal with it.
Take care,

Yogirajj 2010-07-05 08:37:25 -0500 Report

Yes… However, look for an endo that specialize in diabetes and metabolism. People assume that an endo is a diabetes specialist, but their not, they specialize in hormones, which can include diabetes, but not necessarily specialized.

HarmonyStarr 2010-07-05 05:17:24 -0500 Report

I'm lucky in that I have a doctor who not only listens to me, but is a diabetic himself. So, he understands how hard it is and is very involved in keeping himself informed. I've never asked to be referred to an endocrinologist, but each person is different and can benefit from different treatments and different health care providers.

GabbyPA 2010-07-04 08:14:07 -0500 Report

It would not surprise me if a Specialist for Diabetes becomes as common as a Heart Specialist. It would be nice to be able to go to one who really kept up with all the issues that surround our disease and all the variations of it. I cannot see an Endo because here in my town, they refuse self pay patients. So I depend on my doctor, who is pretty good, and you guys.

kdroberts 2010-07-04 08:34:58 -0500 Report

This is where the problem is. Endocrinology in general is not a very popular specialty and takes quite a while to specialised in. There is quite a panic going on right now because the average aye of endos is getting up there and more are retiring than coming on board. I forget the exact numbers but its something along the line of each endo specializing in diabetes would need to take about 17000 patients in order for all diabetic in the US to see one. It's predicated that that will widen over the next 10 due to fewer doctors choosing the specialty.

GabbyPA 2010-07-04 21:27:41 -0500 Report

I find it heart breaking that popularity even becomes an issue when it comes to taking care of patients and choosing a profession. I would think that the demand would make the specialty "popular" as there are so many patients who need that kind of help.

kdroberts 2010-07-03 19:25:50 -0500 Report

Endocrinology is a wide specialty, diabetes is included in that, so you need to find one who specializes in diabetes. Any doctor can learn everything about diabetes so you may find a PCP who is up to date on all the latest treatments. Basically, a doctor is only as good as the information they know and the way they treat patients so you just have to find the ones who know the most about diabetes and you are halfway there.

spiritwalker 2010-07-03 19:08:40 -0500 Report

I Have several M.D.'s. I see a wonderful Endo. I agree with
Harlen. It depends on the DR. If you have a good person who is working with you and you are happy with your care stay
with the DR. you have ,if not change. Talk to other diabetics in your area and see what they have to say. If you have a diabetic
education center check with them for referrals if you want to
switch. You are the team leader in your diabetic care.

Harlen 2010-07-03 14:12:44 -0500 Report

Hello an endo is only as good as they are and some are a lot better then others If I see my endo 1 time a your thats a lot shes not that good .I get a lot better and up to date info on line from frends and sights like this one.
But thats just me and my endo
I hope yours is a lot better
Best wishes

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-07-04 21:45:03 -0500 Report

Hi Harlen, I see my Endo every 3 months. I am very happy with him as he checks my A1C everytime I see him plus he takes all kinds of blood test to check my Colestarole
(bad speller) and Triglisaroids. Plus he keeps my Primary care Phys informed also.

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