Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 16, 2005
Diagnosis and Symptoms, Type 2
Question from Columbus, Ohio, USA:
Twice in the past year, I have joined a health/wellness program to lose weight. Each time, I overhauled my eating and exercise habits and gained weight each week. My dietician finally suggested I get tested. My family doctor took blood tests which showed I was not yet diabetic, but referred me to an endocrinologist. It took four months to get that appointment and I was told I was insulin resistant, but there was nothing the doctor could do. I have since taken a fasting glucose test but have no results yet. So, now a total of six months have passed since I saw my family doctor, which seems an extreme time to wait if there's a problem. Does insulin resistance equal diabetes and are there things one can do? Does this sound like standard operating procedure for an endocrinologist or should I seek a second opinion? Any thoughts on seeking opinions from a naturopathic doctor?
I have a few thoughts for you. First and foremost, did the endocrinologist also check your thyroid function? Depending on your blood work, it may be helpful to try a medication called metformin which could reduce the insulin resistance and your weight. Why don’t you talk to the endocrinologist about this or perhaps get a second opinion?