Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Diabetes Practitioner
Endocrinology & Diabetes

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Diabetes Practitioner

Is My Diabetes In Good Control For My Goals?

Managing diabetes can be different for the individual depending on their blood work. Knowing where your condition stands as compared to your goals is very important. Maybe you want to plan a pregnancy or sign up for a certain exercise routine, it is important to consult with your doctor beforehand. The consequences of neglecting them can be risky for your health.

Does The Rest Of My Blood Test Look Normal?

For diabetes patients, regular blood work plays an important role. Blood work not only shows blood glucose level but also determines other related issues such as cholesterol, thyroid and protein-related issues. You must ask this question every time after your blood test result is given to endure correct endocrinology treatment.

How Can I Better Manage My Diet?

Diet is an important part of diabetes management as it determines your body functions and chemical regulation inside the body. Taking a healthy diet regularly impacts diabetes significantly while a poor diet can deteriorate your condition. You can consult your diet plan with your doctor or with a diet expert.

What’s The Best Thing I Can Do Right Now To Prevent Complications?

To do well with diabetes, you must know the next steps of endocrinology treatment. It helps to determine whether you are on track and if you are moving towards your goal. Discuss your plans, diets and expectation from treatment with your endocrinologist to stay at the best of your health.

Should I Adjust My Diabetes Medication And/Or Insulin?

This question should be asked if you are experiencing sudden high/low blood sugar levels after meals or exercises. Based on your blood work results, your endocrinologist will be able to advise the best medication for you. This question is very important if you have done any recent changes in your diet plan or day-to-day activities or planning to conceive.

Are There Any Other Medications I Should Be On?

This relates to the answer discussed above. Insulin may not be enough if you are following any special routine. Discuss your day-to-day life with the doctor to check if you need to be on any other medications. People living with diabetes type 1 often require metformin along with insulin. Sometimes, certain patients have also been prescribed an SGLT2 inhibitor. This helps them to manage insulin resistance and diabetes-related obesity. Also, do not forget to check with your doctor if you need any additional supplements to manage your diabetes.

How Can I Exercise Safely And Effectively?

Physical activities play an important role in diabetes management. But a diabetes patient must not sign up for any specific exercise pattern without consulting with a doctor. An adult should carry moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes per day or 150 minutes per week. The best way is to consult your doctor about the minimum and maximum exercise routine before signing up.

How Can I Adjust My Care Between Visits?

Consulting care routine with the doctor will take a few minutes but can help you with better diabetes management. For example, you are preparing to take on heavy exercises and you are concerned about your insulin levels. This is the best time to ask this question to your doctor and get proper guidance on your daily care routine and endocrinology treatment.

What New Insulins, Medications And Technology Are On The Horizon?

Trying or switching to a new insulin type or technology can make a big difference in your diabetes management plan. Ask your endocrinologist about new insulins or medication you are planning to try. Sarvodaya Hospital is known for their excellence in endocrinology treatment and handling critical diabetes cases. They are supported by the best endocrinologist, high-tech laboratories and top-notch technologies to ensure the best care for diabetic patients.

Dr. Bhawna Attri | Endocrinology & Diabetes,Paediatric Endocrinology | Sarvodaya Hospital

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