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@dorisena, We are seeing so many changes in our medical system and staffing that at times I long for my decades long relationship with my family physician who treated the "whole person" and would make specialist referrals whenever needed the same day. Patient care has changed so vastly since his retirement, 15 yrs ago, he would be astounded at the changes.

While obesity is an alarming issue in the U.S. and much is published regarding its prevalence, suggested treatments, etc, I was taken aback at my doc's reply when I asked for help with my unintended large wt loss. Her cavalier response, "I wish I had your problem!" really upset me. She did order labs and scans to determine the cause, which none revealed, sigh. However, suffering a 30 lb wt loss over a year, is nothing to make light of and hers seems to be the prevalent opinion. Dietitians and self-research reveal little other than eat more caloric foods, ets. Well, I Know to do that.

No intention to discredit what you wrote at all, Doris, just using this as a place to vent...hope you understand my frustration. Whether over or under weight, I hope all of us will continue to self-advocate and research ways to stay as healthy as possible. After all, we are the "stars of our own parades of life", yes? Smiles and good wishes to all.

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I am on this website to share what works for me in reversing diabetes and to seek ideas that improve our health. I hate bringing up policy matters, because it is the job of the medical industry to serve our needs in the best way possible. But sometimes we notice that methods of delivering good health care could be improved. So I am at home, not feeling well, and waiting for the phone call to diagnose my issues after six months of dealing with health problems, plus the pandemic. Help is a bit slow in coming these days. It is easy to get referrals in my area, but sometimes I think the elderly are tossed around between medical practices. Dorisena