Type 2 Diabetes
5 steps to find the right doctor for you
What types of doctors diagnose and treat type 2 diabetes?
When you need to see a doctor for your type 2 diabetes—or are concerned that your symptoms may mean you have it—a wide variety of medical specialists are available to help. They include:
- Endocrinologists and pediatric endocrinologists, who specialize in caring for people with diseases and disorders of the endocrine system (which produces the hormones that control your body), including diabetes
- Eye doctors (ophthalmologists or optometrists), who specialize in diagnosing and treating eye and vision problems, such as the damage to eye blood vessels that diabetes can cause
- Podiatrists, medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders of the feet and lower legs—problems that are common in people with type 2 diabetes
- Psychiatrists, who specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, including the emotional distress that living with type 2 diabetes may cause
- Dentists, who know that people with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk for gum disease and trained to diagnose and treat it (be sure to tell your dentist if you have type 2 diabetes)
- Your “regular” doctor (primary care provider, PCP) is a specialist too—a specialist in you, thanks to seeing you on a regular basis and being the first health professional you see when you get sick.