In part 4 this Exclusive Interview, Dr. Hunter Wessells talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California about the importance of initiating discussions with patients about any urological symptoms they may be experiencing.
Dr. Hunter Wessells, MD, FACS is a professor and chairman of Urology at the University of Washington. He specializes in genitourinary trauma, reconstructive surgery, and erectile dysfunction.
Transcript of this video segment:
Why should diabetes care providers take the time to ask their patients about urological symptoms?
It’s an opportunity to create dialogue with the patient about their blood glucose control and also an opportunity to improve their quality of life because many of these conditions are treatable with either lifestyle modifications, medications or interventions to reduce blood glucose.
How can these types of symptoms be elucidated in the cause of a busy clinic meeting?
You can use questionnaires to get some of the basic information and there are good questionnaires for male or female sexual dysfunction. You don’t want to make decisions simply based on a questionnaire. If it’s not bothering the patient then you may not do anything about it.