How much do you know about Type 2 diabetes in particular, or even just diabetes in general? If you or someone in your family has Type 2 diabetes, then you probably know a bit about the health condition. Even if you are familiar with Type 2 diabetes, it is common to think of a question or two when you are away from the doctor’s office. When this happens, then do as many people do when they are in your shoes: look at a reliable source on the internet to learn a bit more information.

When in doubt, always confirm what you’ve read with your doctor. Sometimes when you read things online, you can become overwhelmed by information overload, and that is not a good thing. Also, some things that you read online are not true, or the person who wrote it was mistaken and so the information itself is factually incorrect.

You may wonder how a bit of misinformation could cause trouble for you. You are an adult, after all. You can tell the difference between something that is truthful or untruthful. That may be so, but what if you read about how consuming cinnamon could “cure” diabetes. It sounds harmless and so you think you might just try it for a few weeks before your next appointment. You decide to eat a few tablespoons of cinnamon per day, and what happens? At the very least, you have spent a lot of money on cinnamon. At worst, you could have hurt your mouth or stomach with ulcers from eating far too much cinnamon in hope for a miracle cure. When in doubt, ask your doctor before you begin anything new.

A doctor who truly cares about their patients is one who welcomes the input of their patient. They treat the patient as a partner and consider themselves working toward a common goal, which is thriving, robust health despite having the challenge of Type 2 diabetes. An exceptional doctor will happily explain to the patient how their body works as well as what is going on when dysfunction occurs. They listen to all questions with patience, and do not laugh or shame their patient when they ask about questionable methods they have seen online. A good doctor knows that in order to have a good rapport with their patient, they shouldn’t ever make the patient feel silly for the questions they may ask. If they laugh or ridicule, then the patient is less likely to trust, and less likely to open up to them and be fully honest with them.

Are you thinking about your current diabetes doctor? How do they measure up? Do they rush you out the door, or do they take their time with you? Is their office welcoming and warm or cold, clinical and impersonal? Does the staff know you or do you feel as if you are yet another faceless number? If you think that the time has come for superior diabetes care, then pick up your phone and make an appointment with us today.