You’ve had a shock. You’ve been told you have diabetes. Your primary care physician (PCP) wants you to closely track your blood sugar, start a workout program and come back for a follow-up visit. It’s a lot to take in. As part of your primary doctor’s treatment plan, you may also be referred to a specialist who studies diseases and hormone issues like diabetes. They’re called endocrinologists and they’re trained physicians who can diagnose diseases related to the glands and hormones.
Why should I see a specialist?
Diabetes doesn’t only affect the pancreas, which makes the insulin hormone. Complications can touch the whole body.
Endocrinologists have more specialty training about diabetes and these complications. There may be several reasons your primary doctor may refer you to an endocrinologist:
What do I ask my specialist? It’s best to be an open book. Hormones can affect every part of your body. From feelings and emotions to weight issues and uncontrolled blood sugar levels, these doctors are familiar with it.
What can you share:
The more you tell your specialist, the better they can help you handle your disease. They’re there to serve you and make sure you’re living your best life. Also, if you don’t feel happy with your doctor, you have every right to find a new one. We can help you with Provider Finder.
If you have any other questions, drop us a line. We’re here to help, too!
Sources: Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Last updated: 4/4/2019
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