This past week, we had our 3rd endocrinologist retire since December. We have a metropolitan population of just under 3 million people, and now we are down to 17 endocrinologists — and 6 of them only take care of children. Eleven endos for 3 million people is just hard to believe. If you do the math, that means there is one endocrinologist for every 68,000 diabetes patients in the area. If you figure that 15% of diabetes patients probably need an endocrinology consult, that means these 11 practitioners would have to see 1,000 patients. This doesn’t include the thyroid and hormone patients they also see.
The odds that a prediabetes patient would see an endo are slim to none. This can be disastrous for some of these patients, as is seen in this week’s diabetes disaster averted
Your partner in diabetes care,