Not even now.
In Thunder Bay, we have one endocrinologist and that is it. He has already told me, “You know far more than I will ever know”. That is because I've been involved with Diabetes Canada, so I know the strategies that they've put out to the doctors, even though the doctors don't necessarily follow them. That's something that I can ask and I can expect my government to say to the doctors that there are guidelines that have been researched and set out and that they should be followed.
My husband is lucky that he has me in his life. He was adopted, so he does not know his family medical history. Even though the doctor was doing the tests, he never said anything to my husband. I watched his A1C, which is the blood test that they do to determine if you're a diabetic. I was watching his A1C level go up and up and up. I said to him, “Do you realize that, at this moment, you are sitting at a pre-diabetic level and if you don't get your act together, you're going to cross that?” His doctor never said anything, yet that number is in the guidelines and he was almost there.
I expect our health care professionals to actually be following those guidelines. They're there for a reason. Diabetes Canada does not put in hours and hours of work with leading specialists for that information to sit on the shelf, without being used to implement better care.