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1. Who is a diabetologist?
Diabetologist is an endocrinologist doctor who has specialized training in metabolic disorders to treat patients with diabetes and its complications.
2. When do I need to see a dibetologist?
When a person with diabetes is suffering from recurring low blood sugar or having very high blood sugar, which can not be managed with the care of a general physician then one should go to a diabetologist. When there is a family history of diabetes or when one notices symptoms like repeated infections, wounda that dont heal, excessive thirst or hunger, one should see a diabetologist.
3. Are diabetologists and dieticians the same?
A diabetologist helps patients to control high blood sugar with dietary changes and medication. However, a dietician is a specialist who is trained to plan your diet depending upon your health and nutritional requirements to manage and achieve your health goals.
4. Should I go to a diabetologist for weight loss?
A diabetologist can help to manage low or high blood sugar levels but is not specialized for weight loss therapy.
5. Can a diabetologist treat diabetes insipidus?
No, diabetologist is trained to diagnose and treat diabetes mellitus, but he can not treat diabetes insipidus.
Diabetologists are medical professionals and Endocrinologists who have specialized training in metabolic disorders. Diabetologists help the patients to lower their blood glucose or sugar levels through medications, lifestyle modifications, exercises, and diet. They work closely with diabetic educators, nurses, renal physicians, podiatrists, and ophthalmologists to educate, treat, and monitor the patients.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Diabetologist:
Patients who are suffering from diabetes should consult a Diabetologist at least once in 3 to 4 months or as directed by the doctor. A healthy individual can consult a Diabetologist once in a year to check his/her sugar levels.
If an individual is suffering from any of the following medical conditions or diseases, then he/she should consult a Diabetologist.
Diabetologists are medical professionals who treat people suffering from diabetes and Endocrinologists are the doctors who specialize in treating all diseases that affect the endocrine organs. However, Endocrinologists can also treat diabetic patients, as diabetes is one of the medical conditions in endocrinology.
Endocrinologists are specialized doctors who treat patients with hormonal imbalance and metabolic disorders. However, Diabetologists are certified Endocrinologists who can treat thyroid disorders.
Diabetologists may not treat renal diseases like urinary tract infections, glomerulonephritis, kidney stones, or polycystic kidney disease, etc. However, diabetic nephropathy can be treated by a Diabetologist by controlling blood sugar levels and blood pressure.