I am reading Dr. Bernstein's book (finally) and am determined to manage my blood sugars as aggressively as he does. Problem is, how do you locate a doctor who is (a) philosophically inclined to help you do that, and (b) open minded enough not to be a prisoner of his/her own upbringing? (Medical upbringing, that is.) For me the problem is particularly acute because I live in a rural area where doctors are scarce to begin with. It's a tough nut to crack. Anyone have any light to shed on this?
I lucked out with a great GP I was referred to by a friend. He can be a little old school at times, but doesn't pull rank since my control is good. He believes in low carb which helps a lot. I think that his big plus is that he was educated in South Africa. I think he has been here for about 25 years. You might do some checking too see if any convenient Dr's went to school in Europe or some other more D friendly country. It would be a start.
Like Randy, I more or less lucked into my fantabulous PCP. I had 2 previously who just plain didn't care much and were full of the usual misinformation. But my current doc thinks whatever I'm doing is working so don't mess with it. She is inquisitive and interested in everything, of Indian descent--both parents were born in India and were scientists. I quickly got very fond of her--she actually listens to me and hears what I say. Never had that before.
I'm with Kaiser in Portland. But it's still like throwing a dart and hoping you get lucky unless you have a referral. My husband has to go through that now and is dreading it. I do think presenting your doc with the book is not a bad approach and then you just have to be firm and hold your own with what YOU know......Judith in Portland
Yup. Next time I see my doc we're going to have an interesting conversation. I will go armed with actual data to show him, and then we'll see how receptive he is. If it doesn't go well, I'll just have to begin searching for a new one; Lord knows how long that will take, but it has to be done. I know what I need and there has to be someone out there who will listen and work with me. I just hope the search isn't too protracted.
Oh, David--just occured to me (still a little loopy on post-op pain meds following knee replacement--never know when something will "occur to me")--be sure to cast a wide net when doc hunting. I started out looking for someone in Internal Medicine like my other yucky ones. But I found this Gem of a doc in Family Practice---different training or attitude maybe....Not sure...
I love my Endo as she has the disease too and is in my age group so more its more than just medicine, but experience. On top of that, I always combine as does my internist eastern and western medicine by acupuncture. I think living in a rural area and traveling into the city once every 3-4 months for management is not too bad, hell is takes that long in the city to get an endo apt any way if not longer.