From New Jersey, USA:
I have two daughters, ages 20 and 21, diagnosed with Type 1 three weeks ago. One has health care insurance; one doesn't. Our family doctor wants them to see endocrinologist. He started them on shots this week, once a day.
How important is seeing endocrinologist? Can our family doctor handle problems that come up? Or is she looking for other problems? The 21 year-old has what appear to be cysts on her chest and throat. Could this be from diabetes?
Your daughters deserve the specialist care that an endocrinologist/diabetologist can give them. They need to learn a lot about diabetes if they are to manage it well and family doctors will not have the necessary skills nor the time (for the most part) to teach them.
If by cysts, you mean pus-filled spots, then they are associated with badly controlled diabetes. Sugar is a favourite food of the bugs that make pus so skin infection is more common in uncontrolled diabetes.
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:58
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