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Diabetes Doctors

diabetes doctors Diabetes doctors, who help to diagnose and manage diabetes and related disorders, can come in a number of different "flavors".

The most specialized type of doctor who specializes in and treats diabetes extensively are called endocrinologists. These are doctors with a background in internal medicine but who have had additional training in endocrinology which is the study of the endocrine system and diseases of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is the the part of the body that deals with hormones that are secreted by various endocrine glands in the body and circulate in our body and help control various aspects of our physiology, metabolism and development. Therefore, an endocrinologist is not only specializing in diabetes, they are qualified to treat a number of different endocrine-related disorders (such as thyroid disease, adrenal disease, pituitary disease and many others). However, most endocrinologists see a great deal of patients with diabetes since it is one of the more common diseases of the endocrine system (of the pancreas and the hormone insulin to be exact).

Besides endocrinologists, other types of doctors may act as some patients' diabetes doctors as well, although they don't necessarily specialize in it. For example, general internal medicine doctors ("internists" for short), who provide general primary care to adults, are usually quite adept at working up, diagnosing and managing diabetes. These primary care physicians do see a lot of diabetes because it is such a common chronic disease that millions of people deal with. Likewise, family practice doctors, who generally provide primary care to both adults and children, also see their share of diabetes as well. Again, although these other types of primary doctors do not specialize in diabetes, they often do diagnose and treat it.

So where should I go to find a diabetes doctor? Usually the best place to start if you are concerned with diabetes is your own primary care physician, whether they are an internal medicine doctor or a family practice doctor. They are likely to know a good deal about diabetes and can at least get started in explaining the disease to you, your risks for diabetes, making the initial diagnosis of diabetes and helping to manage the disorder. If you prefer, or if your doctor does not feel comfortable managing your diabetes, you can ask for a referral to an endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes and related disorders.

In addition to the actual diabetes doctors who treat patients with diabetes, there are a number of health care professionals who may assist in one or more aspect of the chronic management of diabetes. For example, because one of the important considerations in managing diabetes is diet and weight, referrals to a nutritionist (also called a dietitian) may be helpful. These specialists generally know a lot more about diet and nutrition than even doctors and can be vital in helping to plan and monitor this aspect of your diabetes management. Physical therapists, exercise (fitness) instructors and others may also play an important part in your care and are excellent diabetes resources.

 

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