Diabetes is such a complex medical condition that sometimes it is hard to know what to ask your doctor. By educating yourself about diabetes, you’ll better understand why you are taking medications or insulin injections, eating a healthier diet and making a conscious effort to exercise. It’s always good to take a periodic “refresher course” on your condition. Here are a few suggestions about what to ask your doctor:
What is diabetes?
Many people have a vague understanding, but don’t actually know what causes the disease, all of its symptoms and how it affects them. Having a doctor explain the disease in depth can help you understand the treatments and benefits of changing your lifestyle.
What are the important actions I can take?
This tells you how you can better manage your diabetes, including how to eat right, check your blood sugar and take your medications properly. It is very important to understand the proper dosage for any medication so be sure to ask if you are unclear on a particular dosage.
What glucose level should I reach?
The answer to this question varies, i.e. the goal for a person with a fasting glucose level in the 300’s would be much different than the goal with a glucose level in the 200’s. You and your doctor should determine what’s best for your situation. An average glucose level of around 150 is generally considered the best.
What if my blood sugar gets too low?
Low blood glucose, or hypoglycemia, is associated with feeling dizzy, sweaty, or confused. By discussing this scenario with your doctor in advance, you’ll be better prepared to treat hypoglycemia should it occur.
Where else can I go with questions about diabetes?
Some possibilities include: asking your Diabetes Shoppe pharmacists, join a diabetes support group in your community, finding information on the web, or contacting your local office of the American Diabetes Association.
Treating diabetes is an active process that you and your doctor should embark on together. By regularly verifying medical information with your doctor, you ensure that you have the right medication, the right food and the proper checks. These things can promise you good health well into the future.