Definitely ask more questions. Is the PCP a diabetes specialist? Why does he want her on a diet, and WHY did he recommend that particular one? Did he really mean for her to follow it regardless of her glucose readings, or is it just a suggestion for a general plan that she should alter according to how her sugar readings respond?
If this is just a random primary care doctor who's not a specialist in diabetes, be very wary. Most doctors know very little about nutrition. They tend to recommend whatever diet they're doing themselves, or something they heard about somewhere. People take them seriously because they're doctors, but if they're not trained in that, their diet advice is really not much better than your mail carrier's diet advice. If your daughter needs to lose weight, she should ask this doctor for a referral to a diabetes educator and/or Registered or Licensed Dietitian.
My guess is that he's recommending this particular plan because it's "medically supervised" so he can pass the buck. He may not realize that most "medically supervised" diet clinics use nurses' aides or even just random employees, who have a doctor's phone number in case of serious emergency.
Or, maybe the Lean for Life "clinic" near you has an actual diabetes doctor on staff and that's why he recommended it. You won't know unless you ask. A good doctor *likes* it when a patient asks, "Why?"
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