Preparing for your appointment
You're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor if you're having diabetes symptoms. If blood sugar levels are extremely high, you'll likely be sent to the emergency room. You may be referred to a doctor who specialises in diabetes, among other disorders (endocrinologist). Soon after diagnosis, you'll also likely to meet a diabetes educator and a dietitian to get more information on managing your diabetes.
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment and to know what to expect.
What you can do
Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. When you make the appointment, ask if you need to do anything in advance. This will likely include restricting your diet such as for a fasting blood sugar test.
Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated.
Write down key personal information, including major stresses or recent life changes. If you're monitoring your glucose values at home, bring a record of the glucose results, detailing the dates and times of testing.
Make a list of any allergies you have and all medications, vitamins and supplements you're taking.
Record your family medical history. In particular, note any relatives who have had diabetes, heart attacks or strokes.
Take a family member or friend,if possible. Someone who accompanies you, can help you remember information you need.
Write down questions to askyour doctor. Ask about aspects of your diabetes management you're unclear about.
Be aware if you need any prescription refills.Your doctor can renew your prescriptions while you're there.
Preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For diabetes, some questions to ask include:
What to expect from your doctor?
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as: