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    Don't get me started. Most doctors don't know much about diabetes. It's amazing what they don't know and they are professionals! That's why I recommend any diabetic to see an Endocrinologist if possible and preferably one that is a Certified Diabetes Educator.
    I'm pulling my hair out with my primary care doc. I honestly think I know more about diabetes at this point than he does. He had me on the wrong blood pressure medicine (I needed the kidney-protection kind), and when my numbers start going crazy, he really didn't know what to do other than prescribe insulin. My health plan doesn't really support me seeing an endocrinologist so I went to a diabetes counselor instead. That's another good option, although they can't help too much with meds.
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    I'm pulling my hair out with my primary care doc. I honestly think I know more about diabetes at this point than he does. He had me on the wrong blood pressure medicine (I needed the kidney-protection kind), and when my numbers start going crazy, he really didn't know what to do other than prescribe insulin. My health plan doesn't really support me seeing an endocrinologist so I went to a diabetes counselor instead. That's another good option, although they can't help too much with meds.
    It's very good for diabetics to be on an ACE inhibitor if possible, because it does promote kidney protection. Sadly, I can't take them. It causes me a cough that is not manageable. It does that with some people.

    I would at least get a specialist to properly diagnose me. My GP first thought I had Type II diabetes, but when the pills didn't work, she couldn't figure it out. I went to an endocrinolgist and he properly diagnosed me with Type I. Big difference, because Type I will not respond to pills. You don't make insulin, so you have to inject it. I wasn't doing anything wrong, it was just not the right treatment. Once you get everything established, you might could share that with a primary doctor for follow up care.

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    Wow, Debb, it's a good thing they caught that!
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    It's getting to where, for your own good, you can't leave this up to "them". You have to have an inkling what might be going on and what tests and treatment are needed and what the results mean. Even for one of the most common conditions like diabetes.

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    So true! You have to be your own advocate. Fortunately, I have the BEST endocrinologists in the country. UNC is tops. They are specialists in diabetes and really look after their patients. But, if you don't have that, I can imagine it would be difficult. I know a few Type I diabetics who see their primary doctor for their diabetes, but it's tough, because they normally are not well trained on the condition.

    You can get Type I diabetes at any age, though most get it in childhood. My endo knew something was up, because I was young, thin and active. That, plus blood tests revealed that I did not have Type II. Big difference in the treatment.

    I recall when he told me what I had. I literally turned around to see if someone was standing behind me. I just knew he couldn't be talking to me. It really shook my world. It takes about a year to accept it.

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    I feel for you, Debb. Managing Type 1 diabetes requires incredible discipline (insulin, carbs, etc.), and it's easy to understand why it took a year to accept the diagnosis. I was gung-ho the first few months after my diagnosis, but then I went into deep denial as if I had an illness that I'd recovered from and could go back to my old life. It was easy because with Type 2, I didn't have any symptoms, not even thirst. I was passively killing myself. That phase is over, hopefully for good. I'm going to try to see an endo just to get the meds straightened out.
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    Good luck. It's very common for diabetics to ignore their condition. I have a cousin who is type II. She will get her meds prescribed and start doing better and then she just stops taking them. She also refuses to eat healthy food. She ONLY eats snacks, like cakes, cookies and chips. For breakfast she will eat those frozen prepared sausage, egg and cheese croisants and drink loads of Diet Dr. Pepper. That's her entire diet!

    I stopped saying anything to her, because she just paid me no attention. I hope she dosen't die anytime soon, though I do fear for her welfare.

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    I hope she doesn't die anytime soon, though I do fear for her welfare.
    My husband is sort of looking after his diabetes but not in a particularly effective way. He has so many other issues, like congestive heart failure and lung disease, that he says diabetes is way down the list. He says he's willing to die from it so he doesn't have to torture himself by giving up all the foods that he should. I'm not concerned about diabetes killing him because something is probably going to get him in the next few years and how he goes is his choice. I'm concerned about the horrible quality of life issues that can develop from diabetes, should he survive his other conditions long enough. And I'm pretty sure it has already contributed to some of his issues that he complains about.

    I don't eat as well as I should, but I have a much better idea of what eating well entails and I'm doing a lot better than I had.

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    Brooks, if you husband is determined to eat what he wants and the pills aren't helping to bring down his blood sugar levels, then I would seriously discuss getting his doctor to prescribe him insulin. I know that sounds extreme, but with insulin, you can count the carbs, take the proper amount of insulin and keep your blood sugar down to a reasonable level. I don't mean to sound preachy, but the high blood sugars over a long period of time will only aggravate all the other problems you describe that he has. If he's bound and determined to eat what he wants, then it's at least some help in getting his numbers down.

    Does he know what his A1C number is? (This is the number that represents the average blood sugar level for the last 3 months.)

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    Brooks, if you husband is determined to eat what he wants and the pills aren't helping to bring down his blood sugar levels, then I would seriously discuss getting his doctor to prescribe him insulin. I know that sounds extreme, but with insulin, you can count the carbs, take the proper amount of insulin and keep your blood sugar down to a reasonable level.
    We sort of went that route, when he was in the hospital last December for a heart issue. The hospital put him on insulin and the endocrinologist we finally saw while he was admitted started him on a prescription. And really stupid discharge instructions for using it that almost killed him and landed him back in the hospital a few days later. My husband is ADHD and really not suited for insulin. And the way the local hospital wants it administered is crazy, even by the American Diabetes Association's standards, and I have little respect for them either. As to counting carbs, he's cut back a lot but would never agree to keeping track. We learned that last fall when he was diagnosed...

    I don't mean to sound preachy, but the high blood sugars over a long period of time will only aggravate all the other problems you describe that he has.
    Yup. Absolutely agree. I did the research. I fully understand that.

    If he's bound and determined to eat what he wants, then it's at least some help in getting his numbers down.
    He really has cut back a lot, just not as much as he needs to and he won't test so he doesn't know how particular foods or meals are affecting him and therefore how he might optimize them.

    Does he know what his A1C number is? (This is the number that represents the average blood sugar level for the last 3 months.)
    8.3 last fall. 7.0 and 7.1 since on Metformin. One of the reasons he isn't concerned is he knows folks with much worse numbers, like that's an acceptable barometer... As far as I'm concerned, his blood sugar levels are probably pretty much always above an inflammatory level (which I consider to be about 140).

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