If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you may have a lot of questions about how to manage your health going forward. Even if you have been dealing with your diabetes for some time, there may be changes in your health that you want to talk to a medical professional about.
Here we go!
#1 Should I test my A1C?
An A1C test measures the amount of glucose you have in your red blood cells over a three-month period of time. This test is beneficial for diagnosing prediabetes and diabetes, although it is typically used in combination with another blood test. A1C tests aren’t reliable for every person, which is why your doctor may not have you take a A1C test.
#2 How often should I check my blood sugar?
You can create a schedule for monitoring your blood sugar with your doctor. How frequently you monitor during the day is based on whether or not you take insulin, or if you are on other medications to control your diabetes.
#3 What should I be eating?
When you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you may have to change what you are eating. Everyone’s dietary needs are different, so this is your chance to create a nutrition plan with your doctor. Most people don’t need to cut anything out of their diet, but rather need to watch how much unsaturated fats and processed foods they are consuming.
#4 What are some complications of diabetes?
When you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you may have to change what you are eating. Everyone’s dietary needs are different, so this is your chance to create a nutrition plan with your doctor.
#5 What are my medications and what do they do?
Having a medical bracelet or ID can be helpful for other people who may assist you in a medical emergency. It is also important that you know what medications you are on, the dosage, and what those medications do. Consider keeping a list of your medications in your wallet so that you can discuss them with your doctor if needed.
#6 Are there other tests I should have if I have diabetes?
In addition to regular blood glucose tests, one of the other common tests for diabetes is a urine test. This test checks for proteins in your urine that can indicate your risk of developing kidney problems.
Write down other questions and concerns.
Finally, if you have any more questions for your doctor, ask them. Writing down your questions, symptoms, and concerns when you think of them can help you remember specifically what you needed to know when you visit or call your doctor. Concrete questions and information helps your doctor better help you. Understanding your diabetes diagnosis makes it easier for you to take care of your body and stay healthier for longer.References
Questions for Doctors. Accessed April 9, 2017.