Talking to Your Doctor About Type 1 Diabetes
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Do not be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- A record of your blood sugar levels with the time of day, glucose value, insulin injected, and food eaten
- A list of your medications, including the doses
- What caused my diabetes?
- Am I at risk for any complications?
- What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?
- What can I do to reduce the risk of complications?
- What is a realistic, healthy blood glucose range for me?
- Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for type 1 diabetes?
- Are there changes I can make to reduce my risk?
- Are other people in my family at risk as well?
- What type of insulin will I use?
- Where do I purchase the insulin?
- How do I inject the insulin?
- Are insulin injections painful?
- Is an insulin pen or pump appropriate for me?
- How can I discreetly inject insulin when I am in public places or social situations?
- What about when I travel?
- How do I adjust my insulin for changes in eating and exercise?
- Where do I purchase a blood glucose monitor?
- How do I use the blood glucose monitor and how often should I use it?
- Are there any alternatives to insulin therapy?
- How often should I have my HbA1c measured?
- How can I reduce my risk of complications?
- Can you refer me to specialists to help prevent and/or manage some of the complications?
- How do I treat low blood sugar reactions?
- What are the pros and cons of the new inhaled insulin versus the injected insulin?
- How is the drug, Pramlintide, different from the insulin I have been using?
- When would you consider using Pramlintide on me?
- What can you tell me about pancreas transplant?
- What type of diet should I eat?
- Can you refer me to a registered dietitian to help me plan my eating?
- Can I still eat sweets? How do I fit them into my meal plan?
- Can I drink alcohol?
- Do I have to eat differently than the rest of my family?
- How can I eat when I go to restaurants?
- Can you recommend some cookbooks for people with diabetes?
- Can I continue to or begin to exercise?
- What type of exercise is best for me?
- When should I not exercise?
- Will I gain weight when I start using insulin?
- Are there classes or programs that can help me to make these lifestyle changes?
- Can you recommend some diabetes support groups for myself and my family?
- What can I tell my spouse, children, parents, and other family members and friends about my condition?
- How often will I need checkups?
- What is my expected prognosis?
American Diabetes Association website. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org/.
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/.
- Reviewer: Kim A. Carmichael, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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