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1ST DOCTOR VISIT

 

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Questions for doctor

Questions that you should ask your doctor:

  1. How often should I check my blood glucose levels at home using a glucose monitor?
  2. What are my goals regarding blood glucose levels?
  3. What should I do if my blood glucose levels go too high or too low? What are the warning signs or symptoms for both?
  4. What steps should I take to change my lifestyle and diet in a way that will be healthy?
  5. What are the side effects of my medications/insulin?
  6. Will I always need medications/insulin? How will you evaluate whether these medications are working for me or not?
  7. What are the long-term complications of diabetes, and how can I avoid or prevent them?
  8. How often should I be seeing my doctor to optimize my diabetes management?
  9. What are the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar?
  10. Can diabetes be cured?

Getting support

Seeking and getting emotional support is an important part of diabetes care. Your family and friends can be a great source of support because they care about you. Also, connecting with other people with diabetes will ease out your process of living with diabetes.

Questions from doctor

On your first visit, your doctor should possibly:

  1. Take your medical history (ask general questions about your personal life, family history, complications, etc).
  2. Give you a complete physical examination.
  3. Order some blood & urine tests to find out your blood glucose level, your HbA1c (a measure of average blood glucose levels over the past two to three months), your cholesterol and fat levels, and your urine protein level. Some other tests might be suggested by the doctor depending on your age, complications, and symptoms.
  4. Work out a diabetes care plan for you.