A diabetologist is a doctor who specialises in diabetes. They are generally endocrinologists with a special interest in diabetes.
- Diabetes Type I
- Diabetes Type II
- Complications of diabetes
Specialty Areas of Interest
- Paediatric diabetes
- Blood tests
- Blood glucose measurement
- Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1C)
- Urine protein collection
- Fluorescein retinal angiography
Treatment usually involves a multidisciplinary team.
The diabetologist coordinates diabetic educators, nurses, podiatrists, ophthalmologists and renal physicians to eduacte, treat and monitor a patient.
Treatment usually involves medications either orally or insulin injections.
What to expect
Your diabetologist will ask about your diabetes in detail. They will ask about current symptoms, duration of illness, complications of diabetes and level of control you have had. Other illnesses, medications, allergies and social history are also important.
Your diabetologist will perform a general examination but will particularly focus on searching for complications related to your diabetes. These generally involve the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels), the eyes (retinal vessels), kidneys and nerves.