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Q:

I have to change doctors for insurance purposes and was wondering if it makes more sense to see a specialist rather then a family practice? Not sure who, but maybe an endocrinologist? I've had type 2 diabetes for about 15 years. I'm not doing very well with it now.

Dr. David Erani

A:

The fact that you have diabetes does not mean that you need to see an endocrinologist. As Dr. Elliott Joslin pointed out around a hundred years ago, most people with diabetes get their medical care from primary care providers. This is still true. That said, if your diabetes is not well-controlled, you could benefit from seeing an endocrinologist. You would still need a primary care provider since endocrinologists focus on their specialty and do not provide primary care. You should also see a diabetes educator. A certified diabetes educator (CDE) can be a great help to you in your efforts to get your diabetes under control.

March 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

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Edie
Edie 2013-04-21 10:43:32 -0500 Report

I would ask your Insurance Company for a List of Doctors they use in your Area then interview some of them to see if they can help you. I did that last year but because my Dr. wouldn't listen to me so I interviewed one told him about everything that bothered me and he started from there answering my questions and then I gave him the Lab work I had with me to start my file with. I am very happy with the Dr I now have I hope you can find one that works very well with you also.