My doctor never tells me how to manage diabetes, he only checks my blood sugar and say "see you next week." Should I get a new doctor?
If your A1C is under 7% and your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are well controlled, your doctor may think there is nothing to talk about. Express your concerns and write down questions before you go to your next doctor’s visit. Your doctor probably doesn’t realize you want to learn about your diabetes, and having an open conversation about it may help. Although doctors do educate patients about diabetes, their role is more often focused on the identification, prevention and treatment of disease, and less about education. If you want to learn about diabetes, your best option is to find a dietitian, diabetes educator or recognized diabetes education program in your local area. Often you will need a referral from your primary care physician to get insurance to pay for these visits. Most likely your doctor will be more than willing to refer you, and if he is not, looking for a new provider may be the next best option for you.