Whether you're new to diabetes or an experienced veteran, it's important to communicate any concerns or questions you have to your doctor. You might find it helpful to prepare a written list of questions to ask your doctor before each visit to make sure you don't forget to ask anything.
Here are some suggested questions to help get you started.
How often should I check my blood sugar?
Blood sugar monitoring is an essential part of a good diabetes management plan. According to Malaysia Diabetes Association, tight control for adults with diabetes is defined as a fasting blood glucose ≥ 7.0 mmol/L and random blood glucose ≥ 12.0 mmol/L two hours after the start of a meal. Ask your doctor how often to check your blood sugar and what times of the day would be best for you to test.
What is my HbA1C?
HbA1C is a test that provides information about your average blood sugar level over a period of time (approximately 2 to 3 months). Tight blood sugar control would be reflected in a level less than 7%.
How can I learn more about diabetes?
Research is always changing, so it's important to continue to learn more about your diabetes. Ask your doctor if there are any diabetes classes offered locally, such as at a hospital or community center, that you could attend.
What is a healthy weight for me?
For people with diabetes, losing weight can help lower blood pressure, improve blood cholesterol levels, and improve blood sugar control. Weight loss might even help you reduce some of the medications you’re taking.
How much should I eat?
The amount of calories and carbohydrates recommended for meals and snacks varies among individuals depending on a number of factors, including age, sex, weight, activity level, health conditions, and any diabetes medications you might be taking. Your doctor can recommend a calorie level that meets your individual nutritional needs and might also have meal plans or other diet information that you can take home with you.
Finally, don't hesitate to ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist, such as a dietitian or diabetes educator, for further guidance on managing your diabetes.