Someone asked me today “why is it so difficult to work with diabetics?”
My answer: “It’s complicated.” There are so many things to consider when working with a diabetic patient or client. Diabetes affects all areas of your life. It’s not just about the sugar. You have to consider everything you eat and drink. Diabetes affects your eyes, the fine muscles of your hands, the feeling in your feet, your kidneys, your heart, your circulation, your moods, your sleep, your mind. It can cause dementia, blindness, numbness in your hands and feet, kidney disease. It can lead to gangrene and amputations. It can cause depression.
So when I hear of health coaches and other health care professionals who are working with diabetic patients and clients, but they have not been trained specifically in treating all areas of diabetes, I wonder if they’re in over their heads. It’s not easy. It’s like taking one step forward and two steps back much of the time.
I’ve been doing this work for over 20 years. I have seen it all with my patients. I have seen the denial, the heartbreak, the struggles, the devastation, the loss of limbs, the loss of life, and I have seen the triumphs. I have seen people overcome their diagnosis. I have helped my patients and clients reverse type II diabetes. I have saved limbs and toes from amputation. This is my mission, by the way, to help people reverse the disease so that they don’t end up dying from it or losing a limb. It’s possible. But you have to work with someone who knows what they’re doing.
You can beat type II diabetes and borderline diabetes. You can. You may need help, but you can do it. I’m tired of people steering you the wrong way. I’m tired of hearing my patients report that their primary care physician didn’t explain diabetes to them, tell them what they could eat, or give them at least a handout that they could take home to read about it. Many patients are reporting that their primary care physicians just told them not to eat sweets, not to put sugar in their coffee, and to lay off of desserts. I ask them, “What about bread? What about other carbs? What about healthy fats vs other fats? Did they explain any of that to you?” No is usually the answer.
I ask them if their primary care physicans have explained neuropathy, retinopathy, and nephropathy to them…again, the answer is no.
We need to do a better job of educating our patients. We should be steering them in the right direction, giving them resources, checking in with them more often, helping them…not just sending them out into the world with a prescription for oral hypoglycemics or insulin.
We can do a better job, doctors!
And you can beat this. You just need help, direction, a leader, and the willingness to do the work. I know you can do it. I’ll help you. Please call me for help. drmichele.com/schedule