IS YOUR DOCTOR EDUCATING YOU?
The latin interpretation of “doctor” is “teacher” and this should be first and foremost our jobs. Patients generally do not have the background in physiology that is needed to more clearly understand what is happening to them and help them make the right changes to improve health. Unfortunately, this is not happening. In this particular study, patients with low levels of HDL (which is a pre-diabetic scenario) who saw their PCP or cardiologist left the office visit woefully uneducated. Only 6% of the visit was related to the problem at hand. This is absolutely unacceptable. How can patients understand that lifestyle changes absolutely can impact their condition?? I can tell you, that in my office, I make it VERY clear that these types of patients are well on their way to diabetes. Whether they choose to make the changes is up to them. It is MY job to educate the patient and make sure that they understand the severe consequences that ignoring their lifestyle will create.