I know this original post was posted in July, but just saw it.
After 43 years of T1DM, I kinda know what I'm doing. Additionally, I'm a Certified Diabetes Educator (I did not know about the oral meds very well before training for the CDE).
There are MANY PCPs and other docs who are clueless. As someone said, it is up to US to advocate for our patients. However, when the doc just won't listen, we need to get our patients to ask specific questions. I give my patients the questions to ask and the answers they should hear when it comes to meds. If they don't hear the right ones, they should see an endocrinologist. I have also seen some 'internists' give totally wrong info. go figure.
"My fasting/pre meal sugars are all just fine, but my A1c is 8.1. Well, now. There are great clues here to narrow the field of optimal medications. Maybe an alpha glucosidase inhibitor would be a good option? Or, maybe, prandin or starlix? You are so right that knowing about the diabetes meds can help our people so much more. EVERY doc should have to attend DSME/T (Diabetes Self-Management Training) before treating people. 8 hours could help everyone so much more.
OFF my soapbox now! Thank you for your post.