What happens at my first doctor appointment after diagnosis of diabetes?

If you are seeing your diabetes care provider or other health care professional for the first time, you will most likely be asked to provide a medical history. The forms and questionnaires may vary, but all will want the same basic information. Although many questions may refer to matters that you consider private, it is important to answer honestly and trust that your health care team will maintain confidentiality.
Because information related to your medical history will often be hard to recall - when was your last immunization, or how old were you when you contracted mumps? - ask that a questionnaire be mailed to you in advance. That way, you can answer all the questions more accurately and at a leisurely pace.
The more complete and correct the picture you provide, the better your health care will be. Most histories include questions about the health of your close relatives. Think about the general health and specific diseases that have occurred in your family, especially your mother, father, grandparents, sisters, and brothers. You will also be asked to provide a general inventory of your past and present health problems, such as back pain, appendicitis, headaches, and depression. Do not deny or hide any illnesses, such as psychiatric disorders or AIDS.
Dig out a record of your immunizations. You may even need to call past health care providers for dates and names of procedures. Here are a few health-related questions you might be asked:
• What medications are you currently taking?
• Do you smoke? Have you ever smoked? If so, how much, and for how long?
• Do you have any allergies?
• Have you ever been pregnant? What was the outcome?
• When were your last chest X-ray, eye exam, and dental exam?
• Have you ever been treated by a psychiatrist?
• Have you recently lost or gained weight? What was your maximum weight? What did you weigh at the diagnosis of diabetes?
• Have you ever been rejected for health insurance or employment for a medical reason?
• Do you use alcohol or any street drugs?
Some of these questions may be difficult to answer. You may not remember or you may not want to be reminded. Make an attempt to overcome your fears of being judged harshly by what you put on the form. A concerned health care professional will use this information to provide you with the best possible care - not to criticize you. What is important is achieving good health. After taking a medical history, your diabetes care provider will give you a complete physical exam.

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is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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