Finding out you have diabetes may make you feel overwhelmed. You might find it hard to remember what your doctor says or understand his or her instructions. This brochure offers questions you may want to ask your doctor, and gives you space to write down the answers.
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Questions to Ask My Doctor About My Diabetes
Finding out you have diabetes may make you feel overwhelmed. It's not always easy to hear you'll have to make lifestyle changes and/or take medication. You might find it hard to remember what your doctor says or understand his or her instructions. Bringing someone with you can help you remember the information correctly; so can this list. It offers questions you may want to ask your doctor—and gives you space to write down the answers. It might make it easier for you to manage your disease.
What does it mean to have high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)?
What tests do I need to take for my diabetes?
What is an A1C level?
What does it mean to have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)?
What are the symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)?
What is the connection between diabetes and high blood pressure?
What are some foods or drinks I should carry with me to help manage hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)?
Why am I more at risk for heart disease because I have diabetes?
Why do I need to lose weight if I have diabetes?
How can diabetes affect my eyesight? Why? What about my hands and feet?
Will I have to check my blood sugar levels every day? If so, at what hours of the day?
Will I have diabetes for the rest of my life?
How often do I have to see my doctor for checkups?
Can I really control my diabetes so it doesn't get worse?
Will I ever be able to eat dessert or a high-fat food I always liked before I got my diagnosis?
I've never been physically active. How do I start?
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