You’ve been dropped a bomb. You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. Your Primary Care Physician (PCP) tells you that your hemoglobin A1c test is over that of the average percentage that it should be: 6.5 or under.
Because of this, the doctor wants you to closely monitor your blood sugars, start an exercise program and come back for a visit every three to six months.
But wait! Did you know there is a specialist who studies diseases and hormone disorders like diabetes? They’re called endocrinologists and they’re trained physicians who can diagnose diseases related to the glands and hormones. And what do you know-- the pancreas is a gland which produces the insulin hormone.
Why should I see a specialist?
Diabetes is a disease that doesn’t only affect glands and hormones, but complications can affect the entire body. While primary care doctors know enough about the human body, endocrinologists are extremely familiar with the complicated endocrine system that affects respiration, metabolism, reproduction, sensory perception, movement, sexual development and growth.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider seeing an endocrinologist:
When diagnosed with something like diabetes, your top priority should be to make sure you’re in the best health you can be.
What do I talk to my specialist about?
When going to see a specialist, especially an endocrinologist, it’s best to be an open book. Hormones, or lack thereof, can affect every part of your body. From feelings and emotions to weight issues and uncontrollable blood sugar levels, these doctors are familiar with almost all of it.
Topics to discuss with your specialist:
The more you tell your specialist, the better they can help you manage your disease. They’re there to serve you and make sure you’re living your best life. Also, if you don’t feel comfortable with your doctor, you have every right to find a new one that you feel comfortable with. We can help you with Provider Finder.
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