Getting the most out of any health visit is a good idea, but this is especially true for those with chronic illnesses, like diabetes. For diabetics, lifestyle changes are a necessity. That’s why talking with your healthcare provider is so crucial. It can make your life easier and smooth the transition into a diabetes-friendly lifestyle. Here are a few questions to ask your doctor at your next appointment.
- What foods should I avoid? Do I have to give up my favorites?
- Are there foods I should include in my daily routine?
- Do you have a dietary guide for diabetics? Should I start seeing a dietitian?
Blood Glucose (Blood Sugar)
- What is the ideal blood glucose range?
- How often should I check my blood glucose levels?
- What are the signs and symptoms of low blood glucose?
- How do I best control my blood glucose?
- How do I treat low and/or high blood glucose?
- What types of exercise is best for people with diabetes?
- Should I lose weight? Why is losing weight important?
- How often should I exercise?
- Should I always take my medicine, even on days I feel fine?
- Will I have to take insulin, and can it only be administered through injections?
- Should I take my medicines at a specific time of day?
- Are my kids at an increased risk for diabetes?
- How do my feet look? And why is it important for me to be careful with my feet?
- Does having diabetes put me at a higher risk for other diseases?
- Should I start seeing other doctors, like the eye doctor or dentist, more now that I have diabetes?
- Are there resources to help me pay for my diabetic supplies?
- Do you have any printed materials I can take with me to review on my own time?
Remember, each diabetic case is different. That’s why it is so important to work with your healthcare provider to create a health plan specific to your needs. If you have questions about diabetes, contact our office to schedule an appointment.