Are you being treated by a proper Doctor for your Diabetes?
It is very important to have a proper qualified doctor with adequate experience in treating diabetes, otherwise you can have serious problems as time goes by.
But how do you decide if your Doctor is the right person to treat you?
Here are some tips that will help you decide if you are in the right hands.
What sort of doctor you should look for Diabetes?
- The doctor should be an Endocrinologist or Internal Medicine specialist.
- He /she should be close to your residence.
- When you see the doctor, he should be doing the following:
- Check your weight and height and calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Check your blood pressure
- Inspect your legs and feet, including between your toes.
- Check touch sensation over your feet and legs using a plastic bristle (monofilament)
- Check for vibration sense over feet with a vibrating tuning fork
- Check for hot and cold sensation over legs and feet
- Check your record of blood glucose levels, if you have been keeping a record.
- Ask and explain symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Ask about your exercise and diet
- Ask about stress depression etc.
- Check the record of your HBA1C (A1C) every 3 months
Every year, the doctor should
- Get your eyes checked for retinopathy (fundus examination)
- Check your cholesterol levels (lipid profile)
- Check your blood urea and creatinine levels
If your doctor is doing the above then you can be reasonably sure that you are in the hands of a correct doctor.