Getting Ready for Your Doctor Appointment

If you are having diabetes symptoms, see your primary care doctor. If your child is having diabetes symptoms, you might see your child’s pediatrician. If your doctor finds that blood sugar levels are extremely high, you’ll likely be sent to the emergency room. If blood sugar levels aren’t high enough to put you or your child immediately at risk you may be referred to an endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in diabetes among other disorders.

What Can You Do to Get Ready for Your Appointment?

  • Be aware of anything you can’t eat or drink before your doctor appointment: When you make the appointment, ask if there’s anything you need to do before your doctor visit. You may need to limit your diet for certain tests.
  • Write down any symptoms you are having: Include symptoms that you find unusual or may seem unrelated to your current health concerns.
  • Write down important personal information: Include major stresses that you are having or recent life changes. If you’re checking your blood sugar at home, bring a record of the results (which should include the dates and times of testing) so that you can share this with your doctor.
  • Make a list of any allergies you have and all medicines, vitamins and supplements you’re currently 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 with you to your next office visit: If possible, bring someone with you to help you remember things to tell the doctor and help you recall information and instructions from the doctor.
  • It’s important to tell your doctor if you need any prescription refills: Your doctor can renew your prescriptions while you’re there.
  • Write down any questions that you want to ask your doctor: Ask questions about anything you are not clear about or concerns you have.

Your List of Questions for the Doctor

Preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For diabetes, some questions to ask include:

  • Are the symptoms I’m having related to my diabetes or another condition?
  • What tests do I need to best manage my diabetes?
  • What else can I do to take care of my health?
  • What are other ways I can manage my diabetes?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions along with diabetes?
  • Are there things I must limit or stay away from?
  • Should I see another specialist, such as a dietitian or diabetes educator?
  • Is there a generic option for the medicine you are prescribing?
  • Are there brochures or other educational material I can take with me? What websites do you recommend I visit to learn more?

    Also make sure to ask any other questions you have.

What Can You Expect from Your Doctor During Your Appointment?

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • When did you begin being concerned about having diabetes? What symptoms are you having?
  • Do you have your symptoms all the time or only from time-to-time?
  • How bad are your symptoms?
  • Do you have a family history of preeclampsia or diabetes?
  • What do you typically eat?
  • Do you exercise? If so, what type of exercises do you do and how often?