To effectively manage your type 2 diabetes, the following practitioners will likely be part of your care team:
- Primary Care Doctor: Primary care doctors, also known as Primary Care Physicians (PCPs), are usually the first doctors patients visit, most often on an outpatient basis and in non-emergency situations.
- Endocrinologist: An endocrinologist is a physician with extensive training in understanding, diagnosing and treating conditions that affect your glands and hormones along with how these hormones affect your body systems.
- Registered Dietitian: Registered dietitians are nutrition experts who devise healthy meal plans and lifestyle changes.
- Ophthalmologist: An ophthalmologist is a physician who is specially trained to maintain the health of the eyes, and diagnose and treat eye and vision disorders.
- Podiatrist: Podiatrists, also known as a podiatric physicians, are medical professionals devoted to the study and medical treatment of the foot, ankle and lower extremities.
- Dentist: A dentist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats oral health issues, and provides preventative and regular maintenance treatments of the teeth, gums and mouth.
- Exercise Physiologist: Professionals who assess, plan, or implement fitness programs that include physical activities designed to improve health.
- Psychologist: A psychologist is a licensed professional who specializes in the study of the mind as well as human behavior.
- Pharmacy: It’s also important to find a pharmacy you like and trust. Once you do, make it your one source for all your type 2 medication needs. That way, the pharmacists will always have a complete and up-to-date record of your medications, allergies, and medical history.