What should I do during a doctor's visit if I have diabetes?

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Take off your shoes and socks during a doctor’s visit if you have diabetes. It’s important for your doctor to check your feet at each visit because of the risk of minor wounds -- such as a blister or ingrown toenail -- getting infected. Nerve damage from diabetes can make it difficult to notice any injuries to your feet, while poor circulation, also caused by diabetes, can slow down healing.

Bring your record of your blood glucose levels and discuss reasons for any high or low readings. Be ready to discuss your treatment plan, how well you follow it and any changes you’ve made. Be sure to mention new symptoms that could mean complications from diabetes, any illnesses you’ve had since your last visit and what medicines you take (include over-the-counter products as well as vitamins and herbal supplements).
Do the following during a doctor's visit if you have diabetes:

  • Show your doctor your questions.
  • Have your log book and meter ready. Discuss blood glucose patterns.
  • Get out your lists of medicines and other remedies to show the doctor.
  • Take off your shoes and socks to remind your doctor to check your feet.
  • Bring up any physical or emotional issues you are having such as trouble sleeping or feeling anxious.
  • Write your blood glucose check results in your log book every day or print the readings from your monitors software before appointments with your doctor.

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