Getting a Second Opinion on Your Diabetes Care

Sometimes you just need the reassurance and perspective of a second opinion. Follow these steps.

Stacey Feintuch
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Philip Levy, MD
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4. Decide between Doctor 1 and Doctor 2.
After you have everything you need from Doctor 2, you’ll have to decide which doctor’s advice to take.

If both endocrinologists or primary care physicians agree on your treatment, think about the one you’d prefer to work with. Ask yourself what plan makes the most sense, involves the least risk and focuses on the issues that are most important to you. Remember that the nicer doctor, the one who went to a better school or the one who’s more attractive isn’t always right for you and doesn’t make a better healthcare provider.

But if the two disagree on your care, consider the plan that focuses on the issues most important to you, involves the fewest risks and makes the most sense.

If the two doctors’ opinions differ vastly, think about getting a third opinion. The third opinion will likely be similar to either Doctor 1 or Doctor 2, which will help you reach a decision.

Most important, go with your gut. Sometimes, following your intuition is the best way to help you reach a conclusion.

April 2013