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Just out of curiosity (I'm nosy as heck):

1. How many of you are treated by an endocrinologist/other DM specialist versus a general practitioner?

Please include your DM type in your response.

I'm Type 1 and I have an endo I see every 3 months. He is the absolute bomb.
 

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I have a PCP for my bumps, scrapes and sniffles.....and an endo for my diabetes.
 

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I would have been okay with my internist for T2, but noooooooo, I had to go and insist on ANTIBODY testing.

So now I see an Endo for T1. And I am glad, because he has a CDE who taught me how to use basal insulin. And discusses the AACE guidelines and eye doctors and retinas and foot sensation ...
 

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Currently seeing an internist and he's okay because he lets me take the lead.....have to change though....need one closer to home. I tried the endo route and didn't see anybody but the CDE...went twice and was told I would see the endo after 6 months. The CDE sent me to a dietician who I saw once....didn't like the diet of soooo many carbs. Based on that experience, unless my health goes south, I'll stick with an internist.
 

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I go to my local Diabetes center for my Diabetes, I see an internist for coughs and colds and Addisons, see a caediologist for my heart, and I see an opthomologist for my eyes. The problem I have is in finding a doctor that can effectivly treat diabetes, addisons, and my thyroid all at the same time.
 

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I see an endo for my diabetes. I am type 1. I see a pcp for colds, opthamologists for eyes, dentist for teeth, etc.
 

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Dang, Adjitater . . . that's some 'stache! :D :D :D Nice picture!

(okay - back on topic . . . :D)
If you only knew the whole story, unfortunatly there is not enough space for me to explain it all but take my word for it that it makes them all 10X harder to manage.:target:
 

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Just out of curiosity (I'm nosy as heck):

1. How many of you are treated by an endocrinologist/other DM specialist versus a general practitioner?

Please include your DM type in your response.

I'm Type 1 and I have an endo I see every 3 months. He is the absolute bomb.
Type 2 and being treated by my GP
 

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I go to my local Diabetes center for my Diabetes, I see an internist for coughs and colds and Addisons, see a caediologist for my heart, and I see an opthomologist for my eyes. The problem I have is in finding a doctor that can effectivly treat diabetes, addisons, and my thyroid all at the same time.
An endocrinologist should be able to treat all of those.
 

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Treating them is not the hard part the hard part is treating them and understanding how they interact with each other. I have found that endos in of themselves are specialists in which disease they choose to treat.
 

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Endo for me
 

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Type 2 being treated by PCP, an internist.
 

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I just see a family doc, but most of my info came from Dr Bernstein, "the diabetes solution." Not sure what you would call him.

I have never had a 3 month average higher than the normal range. The doc is usually so impressed he has never tried to mess with the way I use insulin :)
 

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Treating them is not the hard part the hard part is treating them and understanding how they interact with each other. I have found that endos in of themselves are specialists in which disease they choose to treat.
Yes, I didnt think of that. The place I go is called the Diabetes and Glandular Disease Clinic. They have somewhere around 11 or 12 endos and at least 5 np that I am aware of. I know 2 other diabetic friends of mine go there and 2 others go there for thyroid issues. It had not occurred to me that the endos there specialize, I just assumed they all saw different gladular diseases.
 

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I have Type 1 and for general maladies I see a Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Because of Medicare I have to see an Endo every 3 months if I want Medicare and my insurance company to help pay for my pump. But the majority of my diabetes decisions re: basal and bolus rates, IC ratios etc. are made by my CDE and myself.
 

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I was seeing an Endo for many years for everything. Then 2 years ago, he moved to a different hospital. The new hospital won't let him treat anything but Diabetes so I had to get a GP for everything non-diabetic. He is a quack. I would think that if you are a Type 1 diabetic, then everything medical would be tied into the diabetes.
 

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I see my GP for my diabetes. He has sent me to a foot doctor and an opthmalogist. I do not live close to an endo. He leaves my diet and exercise up to me.

He just tells me if my A1c, cholesterol and cholesterol results are the way they should be. They were correct the last time. My A1c was 5.7.

I get the results of my A1c test next month. I am on the Glycemic Index Diet.

In other words, I am treating my diabetes myself. He just does the tests and gives me the results. I am allergic to the meds so I am on diet and exercise.

Ruth
 
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