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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.
  • 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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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
  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
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