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Getting the Right Diabetes Treatment

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At Your Appointment

Type 2 Diabetes Appointment Guide

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.
  • When was your last blood sugar (A1C) test? What was the result?
  • How often are you measuring your blood sugar at home?
  • What is your fasting (pre-breakfast) blood sugar level?
  • What is your post-fasting (after meal) blood sugar level?
  • Have you experienced any episodes of low blood sugar, such as feeling confused, dizzy, shaky, pounding heart, or racing pulse?
  • Are you taking your diabetes medication as directed?
  • For how long have you been concerned you might have diabetes?
  • Do you experience any of the following symptoms: excessive thirst, frequent urination, cloudy vision, or numbness or tingling in your hands or feet?
  • Do you have any immediate relatives with diabetes?
  • Do you take steroids (oral or inhaled)?
  • Have you ever had a test that measured your blood sugar? If yes, do you remember the results?
  • Are you having any challenges with taking your diabetes medication?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • ¿Qué síntomas de la diabetes te preocupan?
  • Have you experienced shortness of breath, tightness in your chest, weakness in your extremities or pain in your jaw?
  • On a typical day, what and when do you usually eat?
  • Are you regularly engaged in some kind of physical activity?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have diabetes? How do you test and diagnose for diabetes?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  • What medications are available to improve my symptoms?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms, such as exercise or dietary changes?
  • ¿Hay actividades específicas que se recomienda evitar?
  • How would you categorize my diabetes: well controlled, moderately controlled, or poorly controlled?
  • What are the best diabetes treatment options for me?
  • What should my A1C goal be?
  • How often should I be testing my blood sugar at home?
  • Do I have any signs of diabetic complications?
  • How much weight do I need to lose to better control my blood sugar?
  • Are there other diabetes medications that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Do my new or different symptoms indicate that my health is getting worse?
  • What should I expect with my specific set of symptoms or case of diabetes? What can I do to keep my diabetes in control?
  • What is my risk of heart attack with my diabetes?
  • What should I do if my diabetes symptoms get worse?
  • Are any of my other health conditions or medications affecting my blood sugar?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 16
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