In one study published in the American Journal of Medicine in 1995, people who were hospitalized for diabetes were released 56% more quickly if they had a team of providers rather than just an internist and 35% more quickly than if they were only seeing an endocrinologist.
- Help lower your blood sugar
- Improve your chances of seeing your providers in a timely manner
- Improve your quality of life
- Improve your satisfaction with your care
- A main diabetes health-care provider (usually a physician) who coordinates care with other specialists
- A nurse
- A dietitian
Your current primary care provider may or may not fit the bill. Your doctor should be someone who really listens to your concerns and answers your questions. You may be able to get recommendations from members of a local diabetes support group.
- How much experience do you have with working with type 2 diabetes patients?
- How often are you in the office?
- Will I have access to any other providers on their staff, such as nurses or other diabetes educators?