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Would You Change Doctors/specialists

Would You Change Doctors/specialists

So I live in canada and am type 2 diabetic and am thinking of discontinuing with my diabetes specialist. I have to travel over an hour by bus for a 10 minute appointment where even if my A1C's went down a tiny bit i only get "thats still not good Callie". Also she is keeping me metformin and it makes me very stomach sick and begrudgingly let me cut the dose "for now" (She wanted me on 5 metformin I said no and so she went with 4 and when i told her I was always sick to my stomach she "let me"… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I would but I know when you are low income, you have to go with the doctors approved by your insurance plan which don't always have good advice for example, I know there are other drugs that you can take instead of Metformin but they are more expensive and not covered by many insurance plans. I would research more holistic ways to bring your sugar levels down such as exercise and less process foods. Try Cinemon in warm water with organic apple cider vinegar every morning and evening. It's been helping me.

posted over 4 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I am in Canada as well. If you are not happy with the services you are getting change doctors. I recently did that. I find that my diabetes specialist can be a challenge - for instance mine says that I should take my blood pressure regularly and then said that the machine that I was using was likely not accurate. I take what is useful and ignore the rest. I don't find talking to the specialist is as helpful as talking to my doctor. Your doctor might not be as comfortable tweaking the medications for diabetes but she is expected to address medical issues that she/he is presented with. If they are not comfortable they should refer you to a doctor that is.

I would also reach out for referrals to diabetes support groups - we have these in Calgary - and they can actually provide a lot of help.

It sounds like a nutritionist might be helpful so that you can get more ideas about carbs. Your doctor should dbe able to make a referral for you.

posted over 4 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

cinnamon 1ooo mg caps help sugar also berberine 400 0r 450mg. and turmeric and curcmin. berberine is supposed to b very good haven't used it myself but do take 2000 mg cinnamon at night however I also take 1 500 mg Metformin don't have a problem with it myself my daughter couldn't take it and her DR. put her on something else wishing u good luck and God bless

posted over 4 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I get the low income insue. I alsy understand your frustration. I take glumetza a better form of metf because I suffer greatly with the regular metformin. I don't know about changing drs tho because they are sooo hard to find. good luck.

posted over 4 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

We have free healthcare. Meaning we can see an endo for free but even with benefits the meds are expensive and I am currently without work. Making a call tomorrow for a new doctor hopefully this one listens to me

posted over 4 years ago
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