What to Expect on Your First Appointment

If you've been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, you are likely to start by seeing your family doctor.  In some cases your doctor may recommend that you go immediately to an endocrinologist, who specializes in diabetes and other hormonal problems.
 
Prepare for your appointment
To make the most of the time you have with your doctor, here are some tips to help you get ready for your appointment.
  • Ask if you are having another glucose test and whether you need to fast beforehand.
  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing.
  • Bring a record of the glucose results, detailing the dates and times of testing, if you're monitoring your glucose values at home.
  • Make a list of all medications, as well as, any vitamins or supplements you're taking.
  • Record your family medical history. In particular, note any relatives who have had diabetes, heart attacks or strokes.
  • Bring a family member or friend along, if possible. It can be difficult to soak up all the information provided to you during an appointment and someone with you may remember things that you missed or forgot.

Ask questions
Write down questions to ask your doctor. Be clear about aspects of your diabetes management that you need clarification on. Some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • Are the symptoms I'm experiencing now related to my diabetes or another condition?
  • What kinds of tests do I need to best manage my diabetes?
  • What else can I do to protect my health?
  • What are other options to manage my diabetes?
  • Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
  • Should I see another specialist?
  • Are there diabetes education classes available?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me?
 
What else to expect
You may have an additional blood glucose test depending on the results of your diagnostic blood tests.
In addition, your doctor may:
  • Ask you about any medications you may be taking.
  • Ask you about a variety of symptoms that at first glance, don't seem to be related to diabetes, but may be the result of diabetes impacting your body over time.
  • Ask about your family history of diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
  • Make recommendations about glucose monitoring.
  • Make recommendations about lifestyle changes.
  • Write you a prescription for a Riverside Diabetes Education program.
  • Refer you to an endocrinologist.

 

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