What does a Diabetologist do?

A diabetologist is a physician who specializes in the treatment of diabetic patients. Despite the fact that diabetology is not a formally recognized medical specialty, people who choose to specialize in diabetes care can be found in many parts of the world, particularly in urban areas with large populations of diabetic patients. Patients with diabetes may benefit from specialized treatment provided a physician who only treats diabetic patients.

Although some are endocrinologists, most of these doctors have received their training in internal medicine or pediatrics. Following training and board certification, the physician receives additional diabetes training and focuses on diabetes care. Because this is not a recognized medical specialty, there are no requirements that must be met before a physician can call themselves a diabetologist.

Diabetic patients can be referred to a diabetologist or seek one out on their own. The doctor performs a full clinical evaluation to learn more about the patient’s condition, as well as a patient history that includes personal habits, diet, and exercise. All of this data will be used to create a personalized diabetes treatment plan for the patient. In contrast to plans where the treatment is dictated without regard for the patient’s limitations, customizing treatment allows physicians to work with patients on a plan that they can realistically achieve.

The patient meets with the diabetologist for checkups on a regular basis as a treatment plan is developed. Diagnostic testing, examinations, and interviews are used the doctor to ensure that the patient’s treatment is still effective and to screen for early signs of diabetes complications such as vision problems and circulatory problems. If the patient’s treatment plan needs to be changed, the diabetologist is involved in formulating a new strategy and working with the patient to put it into action.

Diabetologists can work directly with patients as well as participate in diabetes research. New treatments and medications are developed through research, as well as a better understanding of diabetes and how it affects the body. Charitable organizations, pharmaceutical companies, clinics, and other facilities interested in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diabetes can hire researchers. A diabetologist can also help identify at-risk populations and provide them with tools for preventing and detecting diabetes through public outreach and education.