Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology: Why You Need One and Where You Can Find One

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This year, almost two million Americans have heard the words "you have diabetes," and a vast majority will hear it from their primary care physician.    But a few with more complicated cases of type 2 diabetes, or in most cases of type 1 diabetes will be referred to an endocrinologist and certified diabetes educator.

The first time I went to see my endocrinologist, I noticed her tagline: MD, FACE, and I had no idea what those letters after her name meant. To successfully live with diabetes, you want someone who knows the condition. Diabetes is far more than just blood sugar checks and adherence to diet and exercise.   There are details to know and tricks to make it easier to live healthy and happy.

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The American College of Endocrinology was founded in 1991 in order to provide clinical endocrinologists a voice in the medical community, as well as raise, and maintain the standards of patient care and their medical practice.  To become an endocrinologist, it takes four years of college, four years of medical school, three years of residency, and two years of fellowship.

MD, FACE stands for Medical** Doctor, Fellow of the American College of E** ndocrinology. A fellow is a special group of physicians who are dedicated to continuing education in medical practice, teaching, or research. It is a mark of distinction that says your physician has made - and continues to make - special efforts to be a better physician.

Seeing your regular doctor for maintenance, colds and the flu is a must   But, in caring for your diabetes, a specialist is really helpful.   They are educated in diabetes and they probably have more educational programs and access to free community programs than your primary care doctor may even know about.

Diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, requires attention, but there are tricks to the process to make it easier. While you are the expert in your condition, your medical team is your guide, and we need to take advantage of the cool things they can teach us.

Note: With only 5,880 endocrinologists in U.S. and 25.6 million patients with diabetes, there is a shortage of endocrinologists in the U.S. and it can take a while to get an appointment with an endocrinologist.  While waiting for your appointment, be patient, but also check out places where you might be able to attend some free classes.   Here are some resources that might be worth checking out: