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Re: [IP] endocrinologists

Andy, that's a good point as well.  There probably is a point at which 
the specialty is required.  Both for training on insulin, and for 
treating complications.  But for the in-between period, my GP is more 
competent than my endo.  FWIW, my endo was clueless about the anorexia 
(loss of appetite) caused by HIV and said I "just need to eat".  Then 
when I finally was able to eat, including moderate portions of bread and 
pasta, he said I should be on an Atkins type low carb diet and chastised 
me for how I treat my low blood sugars, saying that I just can't eat 
something sweet to bring them up.  As anyone who has had a low knows, it 
is sometimes hard to stop yourself from gobbling up everything in site 
when you just feel so awful that your body NEEDS it.

Antonio in LA,Age 40, Type 1 since 1993
MiniMed Paradigm 515, OneTouch Ultra, MiniMed Carelink and PAL software

Andy Mayshar wrote:
> I'll have to respectably disagree with much of what has been said about
> endocrinologists.  I personally find GP's and family practitioners totally
> useless when it comes to diabetes.  My personal experiences pretty much
> agree with the Washington University study that said that 94% of the GP' and
> Internal Medicine doctors in the US were untrained to treat Type I
> diabetics.
> My endo spends a lot of time with me, remembers me and we go over my overall
> care plan, protecting my kidneys, etc.  We carefully evaluate my nerve
> damage, look at my eyes, legs and feet, look at options and discuss all the
> recent advances in care and research. We also check all the sites I have
> been using to see how the tissue is holding up.
> Obviously with how straightforward diabetes has become to manage, your endo
> is not going to manage your BG's, but if you are having trouble managing
> them, he/she can offer many different things to try.
> So many things effect our control, it is just too much to manage without
> some help from someone that sees it all the time.
> I would give up my Primary Care, but never my endo. A couple of years back
> when I had an abscess on the front of my leg, he say me within an hour and
> again later in the week.  His prompt treatment probably played a large part
> in me still having both legs after 50 years.
> If you are still in the early stages of diabetes, lets say less than 25-30
> years, then you may not find an endo that useful.  But when the
> complications start setting in, it sure is nice to go to a doctor that has a
> clue.  Just my experiences.
> Andy
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