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Old 11-07-2009, 17:02   #1
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I've always trusted my family doctor in the past on general health issues , but am wondering whether or not I should be seeking a referral to an endocrinologist now that I have diabetes? Recently I asked my family doc whether I should be taking low dose aspirin. He said it might be a good idea. I mentioned that many research articles suggest that diabetics should be taking higher aspirin doses (162 mg as opposed to 81 mg) to counteract our generally higher levels of Thromboxane. Aspirin Therapy in Diabetes ? Diabetes Care

He didn't seem to be aware that higher doses of aspirin may be required. I also asked him about fish oil supplement to counteract clogging of arteries and he didn't seem to have an answer. I'm concerned that as a GP my doctor isn't up on the latest diabetes info. Should I be seeking a referral to an Endocrinologist? Do most people here regularly see an Endocrinologist?

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Old 11-08-2009, 12:56   #2
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I would look at someone with a better understanding of the Endocrine system. Doctors are a general health and they diagnose most health problems. Endocrinologists are specialists on the Endocrine as we have a fault with and as a long term illness, They are better people to deal with.


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I agree with Peter that an endo is generally the best choice but, sometimes it is difficult to find a good endo, depending on where you live. I have read about diabetics wh travel two hours or more to see an endo. I have seen two endos who were good but there is a doctor only 10 minutes from my home who is a specialist in internal medicine. He has many diabetic patients and he has a wonderful reputation with much experience. I have been seeing this doctor 32 years and I will really miss him when he retires. There are also some GP's who are good when treating diabetic patients but, as a rule, a specialist is the best choice.

I have been Type 1 for 73 years. My A1c is 6.2. I pump with the MM 630, and I am using the Dexcom G5.
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I have been around really good endocrinologists and really good GPs...Try to find a doctor or other health care professional who is a Certified Diabetes Educator, these individuals have additional training and would be a great benefit to someone like you who obviously wants to take control of their diabetes...Let me commend you on the fact that you are educating yourself and asking these wonderful questions...Call around or you can even ask your local pharmacists if they can recommend a provider...

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I suggest a Endo. One GP misdiagnosed, the other was very clueless about Diabetes.

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