Many people have lamented the low number of endocrinologists compared to the number of people with diabetes, with estimates of practicing endocrinologists ranging from 4,000 to 6,000, compared to 29 million people with diabetes. This study looks at the geographic location of endocrinologists. Notably, it doesn’t match that well with maps of diabetes prevalence. The blue map below shows the number of adults living within 20 miles of an endocrinologist, and the orange map shows the prevalence of diabetes.
This isn’t as bad as it seems, since almost all people with diabetes can receive very good care with their primary care doctors, providing these important doctors receive the proper support.
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