People with diabetes rely heavily on their healthcare team for information and direction that will take them toward a healthier life. We often take every word our doctors speak as gospel, but what if our doctor isn’t up to speed? On average, doctors only spend about 17 minutes with each patient. If your doctor doesn’t have time to listen to you and ensure that you’re on the right track, then it’s up to you to watch out for your own health.

How can you tell if your doctor isn’t right for you?

This article from Yahoo! Health goes over seven ways to tell if you're doctor is a bad fit. I wanted to pull out and highlight four that I think are particularly important. Is your doctor:

Too quick to prescribe medications? Due to the fact that doctors have so little time to spend with their patients, many will take the short route and throw pills at the problem without really trying to find the source of the issue. Be careful to research any medications you are given and know the side effects. Ask questions!

Too tired? Many doctors clock too many hours often making them too tired to make good judgment calls. It’s ok to ask about your doctor’s sleep habits!

Obviously biased? This one is huge for people with type 2 diabetes! If your doctor is “blaming” you for higher blood sugar readings instead of asking you what’s going on, it’s time to find a new doctor. Your doctor should listen to you and believe what you say!

Behind the times? We often think of older doctors as wiser and more able to help us, but in reality older doctors may not be up to speed on the latest treatment plans.

If your doctor isn’t listening to you and is unwilling to include you in your treatment plan, you may need to go shopping for a new doctor, and that’s ok.