Managing and controlling type 2 diabetes can be a daunting task. There are several reasons, which I’ll get to the bottom of, that make it very tough for physicians to control type 2 diabetes.
One of the biggest problems is that more-and-more physicians are working more and earning less. They have to do grunt work that wasn’t there many years ago. Fighting with managed care organizations for prior authorizations for drugs that they want to prescribe for their patients. Having to duke it out over reimbursements, all while trying to run a practice.
Many physicians feel that Family or Internal Medicine private practice can’t exist and will be dead soon before we know it. But the biggest losers in all of this are patients. So many people rely on their physician for education about type 2 diabetes, recommendations of which medications to take, and guidance.
So as physicians try to crank out more patients, several key things get lost in the shuffle. And these things that get lost almost always leave people frustrated and discouraged.
Most doctor visits cover the basics: lab results, blood sugar readings and any complaints, or complications that a patient may have. And sometimes it may be hard to get all of your questions answered. Or God forbid you forget a question in your allotted 5-10 minute consultation.
So what am I proposing here? I’m proposing that people take more ownership on controlling type 2 diabetes and not let it control them. Realize that your doctor is doing the best that they can do, but no one cares more about your own health than you do.
Do your part. As I said, no one cares about your health more than you do. So therefore it is imperative that you do the things necessary to ensure good health. The little things, like testing your blood sugar, taking medications as directed by your physician, and taking an active role in learning more about diabetes and where you stand.
The bottom line is it is impossible for a physician to control your type 2 diabetes if you don’t care enough to do what needs to be done. So ultimately, type 2 diabetes control falls on you.
So many times I hear the stories about people afraid of their doctor. Afraid of what their doctor might say because they haven’t been taking their medication. Afraid of how their doctor will react because they haven’t been testing their blood sugar. Hello! Your health is your responsibility.
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