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Get the most out of your health care visits, to live better.

You are the most important member of your diabetes health care team. While your provider, diabetes educator, nurse, dietitian, and other advisers and coaches can tell you about your treatment options and keep track of your physical exams and lab tests, it is up to you to do the necessary day-to-day things to manage your diabetes.

A couple discussing their options with a doctor at their health care visit

What to do before your visit:

  • Write your blood-glucose check results in your logbook every day.
  • Keep a list of questions.
  • Make a list of the medicines, vitamins, and supplements you take. Include over-the-counter medicines. List when, why, and how much you take, and if you need any refills.

What to bring with you for your visit:

  • Your blood-glucose meter, logbook, and questions.
  • Your list of medications, vitamins, and other remedies.

What to do when you’re in the exam room:

  • Show your questions to your health care provider.
  • Have your logbook and meter ready. Discuss blood-glucose patterns.
  • Show your list of medications and other remedies to your provider.
  • Take off your shoes and socks and remind your provider to check your feet.
  • Bring up any physical or emotional issues you are experiencing, such as having trouble sleeping or feeling anxious.

Potential Complications

What are potential complications of diabetes?

Having diabetes puts you at risk for many serious health problems. Fortunately, with recommended lifestyle changes and correct treatment of the condition, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of complications, which could include:

  • Skin complications
  • Eye complications
  • Foot complications
  • Neuropathy
  • DKA (ketoacidosis) and ketones
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heart disease
  • Mental health issues
  • Pregnancy issues
  • Oral health problems