Doctor Discussion Guide

Most patients lack any real relationship with their healthcare provider, so an awkward dialogue takes place during most discussions in doctor’s offices. Here are the essential questions to be thinking about before going to your appointment, and questions to review with your healthcare provider to get the most out of the visit. Just select a condition in the box below and your prep list will appear below.

Diabetes - Type 2 Discussion Guide

Written by eHealth Navigator Monday, 2 April 2012 8:20AM

Taking good care of yourself when you have type 2 diabetes can be a lot of work. So make sure you see your doctor regularly to check how you’re doing and to help prevent long-term health problems.

To help make the most of your doctor visits, go prepared. Try to take these things with you:

_  A record of your daily blood sugar tests or your glucose meter with the stored information

_  A list of medicines you’re taking, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements (You can put all your medicines into a plastic bag and take them with you)

_  Notes about any health problems you’ve had

_  A list of questions you’d like to ask your doctor

If you're not sure what to ask your doctor, you can use these questions to help get the conversation started:

1. What are my ABC numbers?

•  A for A1C
•  B for blood pressure
•  C for cholesterol

2. What should my ABC target numbers be?


3. How often should I test my blood sugar?


4. Will I notice any warning signs if my blood sugar is too high or too low?


5. Should I see a registered dietitian to review what I eat?


6. Do I need to lose weight?


7. Which exercises are best for me?


8. What tests do I need to have done to check my eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves, and heart?


9. Should I attend a class taught by a diabetes nurse educator? How can I find such a class in my area?


10.  What are the possible side effects of the medicine(s) I'm taking?