At Your Appointment

Type 1 Diabetes Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • What is your main challenge in managing your diabetes?
  • How much insulin are you using on a typical day?
  • How often are you monitoring your blood sugar levels?
  • How often are you experiencing low blood sugar levels?
  • Can you tell when your blood sugar is getting low or are you unaware of the change? What symptoms do you experience?
  • Can we review your blood sugar monitoring results?
  • What method are you using to keep track of your carbohydrate intake each day?
  • How much exercise do you get in a typical week?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you experiencing increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, unintended weight loss, vision changes, fatigue, or irritability?
  • When did these symptoms begin?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • Have you ever had a test to measure your blood sugar?
  • Do you have a family history of diabetes?
  • Are you having any challenges with your insulin?
  • What is your main concern about diabetes?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have diabetes?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose type 1 diabetes?
  • What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?
  • How do you treat type 1 diabetes?
  • Do I have any risk factors for type 1 diabetes?
  • How would you categorize my diabetes: well controlled, moderately controlled, or poorly controlled? What are the complications of poorly-controlled diabetes?
  • What are my target blood sugar levels?
  • What is my A1c goal?
  • Is an insulin pump an option for me?
  • What is the best method of monitoring my blood sugar?
  • Do I have any signs of diabetic complications?
  • Could a different insulin better meet my needs in managing my diabetes?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my diabetes?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my diabetes? Am I a good candidate for an insulin pump?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Type 1 Diabetes. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/type1.html
  2. Type 1 Diabetes. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-1-diabetes/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353017