Get the most out of health care visits to help you live better and longer.

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

This includes choosing healthy foods, staying active, taking your medication, and—most important—checking your own blood glucose regularly to see if you’re reaching or adhering to your blood glucose targets.

Together, you and your team can make sure you’re getting the very best care for your diabetes.

Here’s a quick checklist for your doctor visits:

What to do before your visit.

  • Write your blood glucose check results in your logbook every day.
  • Keep a list of your 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.

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

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
  • Other related conditions

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