Know Before You Go
If you are experiencing any symptoms of diabetes, but are not yet diagnosed:
- Keep a diary of any symptoms you may have regarding frequent urination, excessive thirst or hunger, tiredness, weakness, unexplained weight loss, slow to heal sores and tingling or numbness
- Take your blood pressure at the same time every morning and night and keep a log of the measurements
- If you have had your cholesterol taken recently, bring your results with you
- Know your family history of diabetes
IF YOUR DOCTOR TELLS YOU THAT YOU HAVE DIABETES, DON'T LEAVE THE OFFICE BEFORE KNOWING THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS:
- What type of diabetes do I have?
- What lifestyle changes should I make?
- Will I need to take insulin?
- How will I take it? How often will I need to take insulin?
- What other treatment do you suggest?
- What are the side effects of this treatment?
- How long will I be on this treatment?
- What complications can I expect from my diabetes?
- When are these complications likely to take place: in a year, five years, 10 years?