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Old 06-22-2017, 04:42   #1
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How is everyone finding doctors? It seems to me that many doctors know little about diabetes. It's like my doctor doesn't hear me, he just looks at my numbers and pick from a list of meds, disregarding my other health issues or concerns when choosing a drug.
Any tips on finding a Dr would be appreciated.

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I wish I knew. I stumbled upon a good doctor this year (I think she's good - only seen her twice for non-diabetic issues) after I fired the last one. A friend saw her for symptoms her (and my) previous doctor brushed off, and the new doc immediately diagnosed her with leukemia !!!!

She's really young but seems intelligent. Time will tell.

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I have had better luck with female doctors in the past, the seem to listen.

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I've always found finding a doctor more of an elimination, trial and error process. Then, once you find "thee one"...they either move to another town or retire. *sigh*

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You're so right. The previous doctor I really liked moved to a practice too far away for me. I've tried out three doctors since then.

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Once you find a doctor, they retire or move somewhere else.

Your best bet is to first call the clinic and ask the nurses for suggestions of doctors who are accepting new patients who have additional training for diabetes. Many diabetic patients are usually funneled to this group. I did without an endocrinologist until this year because my doc didn't know what tests to do to determine whether I had LADA or not (the treatment didn't change, but the opthomologist wanted to know).

Do you need an endo? Some swear by them. Some swear about them. There is a tendency for endos to be more likely to push designer drugs at you. Some of the complaints are that endos order a lot more (and unnecessary) tests. I haven't found that. The tests he is ordering are actually rather interesting as they are quite different from my doc's usual tests. If I was paying more out of pocket, I might question it more.

Docs don't have any training in nutrition, so forget asking your doctor about assistance with LCHF. There has been notably little support for it. If you lose weight (assuming you are overweight), you will get less flack from the doc.

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I really believe that with the changes I have made in my diet and the Metformin I can reach my goals but everything my doc has given me has hurt me, not help. I know I have to find a doctor but it's such a roll of the dice. I have visited a few that I read about but a visit to their office, seeing the workers and atmosphere eliminated those choices.

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Give them the proof with your blood tests that LCHF works. Make them see it. They work for you. My own doctor who doesn't even have Diabeties has tried the LCHF as a result of what it's done for me. She looks so good for it too I might add! Doctors need to get with the times.

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Instead of calling it LCHF, either avoid mentioning the specific diet or just say you are trying Atkins for a time to see how it works for you. MANY docs have tried Atkins themselves and they are familiar with some of the studies that have shown positive results. LCHF is simply the first 2 weeks of Atkins. You can also point out that Atkins designed his diet for diabetics in the first place.

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As much as I love you bunjee I can't agree with you on this one. Atkins is looked at as a gimmick these days since the company is not in his hands anymore. The Atkins bars and other things they are bringing out in his name are not healthy in any way. My doctor here in Oman is fully onboard with me however my doctor in Australia is reluctant. She can't believe I ever had Diabeties as a result of my last 5 blood tests...I told her that I would eat a high carb meal to prove to her I actually do have Diabeties..she declined. They need to be told the truth so they can get it and save lives...like they are supposed to.

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