Endos can be a mixed bag. Just like with any profession, there are some good ones and some bad ones. When looking for an endo I like to run them through five factors.
How to Tell If You Have a Good Endo
I am a firm believer in taking charge of your health; not taking a backseat to it. That’s why I’m a fan of finding doctors who want to work with you, and not just run you through a checklist. Or who refuse to divert from what their text book says to do.
I want doctors who can think critically, who are open minded, who view the patient doctor relationship as a relationship, who don’t look at me as a set of symptoms that need to be managed – but rather as a person who is experiencing symptoms as a result of a root issue.
How can you find an endo like this?
The five factors I use to determine if I have a good endo are:
- You look forward to going to your appointment
- They are up-to-date on the latest & greatest
- They don’t pressure you
- You feel good after your appointment
- They work with you
1. You look forward to going to your appointment
While no one LOVES sitting in a waiting room, or getting their vitals taken, it is important that if you had to be there you’re happy it’s with your endocrinologist.
Why is liking your endo important?
Because we tend to take advise more favorably if it comes from someone we like.
Dreading your endo appointment is a good sign that you’re endo isn’t a good fit.
2. They are up-to-date on the latest & greatest
I have had some VERY nice endo’s in the past who were not up-to-date on what was going on in the diabetes world. More often than not, I was updating them on the latest & greatest; not the other way around.
The diabetes world is ever evolving. There are always new protocols, new tech, new findings, and new studies. Having an endo that is well versed and on top of the latest & greatest is what will take your good endo to GREAT!
3. They don’t pressure you
A doctors role is to inform you; to give you unbiased information.
They might even tell you what they would do if they were you; Or what they think is the best course to take.
But they should never pressure you.
Whether it’s about insulin pumps, cgms, insulin types, vaccines, or other pharmaceuticals, it is never okay for your doctor to pressure or coerce you to make a medical decision for yourself.
4. You feel good after your appointment
Another way to tell if you have a good endo is if you feel good after your appointment.
After your appointment, do you feel motived to keep doing your best? Do you feel supported and heard? Do you feel like you have a clear understanding of the things you talked about?
If the answer is no, then you may want to reconsider why you are choosing to still see them.
5. They work with you
Your endocrinologist is part of your diabetes team; meaning they need to work with you.
If they refuse to run certain tests/labs or don’t seem to be truly listening to your needs, then it is up to you to decide if that’s the kind of endo you want on your team.
A doctor that is open to discussion, open to looking at the bigger picture, open to running different labs, open about their expertise (and where it ends), and truly wants to work with you, is a doctor that I like to have on my team.
No Good Endos Near You?
Depending on where you live or what your insurance looks like, there might not be many endocrinologists to choose from in your area. But one of the great things about today is that you can live in New Hampshire and have an endo in Texas because of virtual appointments.
Don’t settle for a sub par endo just because there are none in your area.
Endos and Beyond
These factors (for how to tell if you have a good endo) don’t just stop at endocrinology. They can be applied to any doctor or care provider on your team; whether that be your primary care provider, chiropractor, or dentist.
Take your health back into your own hands by building a team that you feel great about!
Let Me Know in the Comments
How many endos have you had?
What do you consider to be a good quality in an endo?
or how did you know you needed to switch endos?