Around January of this year, blood test revealed that my dad was (borderline?) diabetic. After his first meeting with his Primary Care Physician, he was prescribed 500mg of Metformin twice per day (for type 2 Diabetes) along with 20mg daily of Lipitor (to lower Cholesterol levels).
From my rather cursory research, it appeared that diet was also an important part of diabetic treatment. I therefore asked my father what his PCP had said regarding this. His answer: “Nothing at all.”
Now, both my parents were born and raised in Mexico and therefore eat very authentic style foods (IOW, things like pigs feet and beef tongue!) Add to this the Lipitor script and it makes it quite surprising his PCP didn’t discuss diet at all. Despite my constant reminders, my father always “forgets” to mention to his dr. what dietary changes he should be making.
The final straw was his last appointment. When I saw him afterwards I asked how it went. He said fine but was curious about something. Apparently, the doctor told him that things looked good so he should continue with his meds. and stick with his “diet”. Did my father then mention that no diet had ever been discussed? Nope. (At a different appt., his dr. suggested he take a daily dose of aspirin. Did my dad ask the reason for this? Nope. He decides to ask me why, his son with the Poli.Sci. degree.)
It’s not that I don’t believe my dad that diet has never been discussed. My grandfather also has the same PCP and often complains about the dr. Unfortunately, he was the only Spanish-speaking one available through his insurance and local medical group.
So, I’d like any thoughts/opinions/suggestions, especially with the following:
How important is diet in treating/living with diabetes?
Anyone see a problem in my plans to contact the dr. directly and remind him, in the nicest way I can, that he has kind of forgotten something important in regards to my dad’s treatment?
If in a similar situation, would you tell your father beforehand, afterwards or not at all about talking to his dr. directly?
Any other IMHOs welcome. Thanks!