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The Ultimate Diabetes Checklist: Key Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

Empower Your Health Journey: Making the Most of Your Doctor's Visit"

Hey Team,

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No dumb question!!

I hope you're doing well. Today, I wanted to touch on a topic that's close to many of our hearts: navigating the journey after a diabetes diagnosis. It can be overwhelming, filled with uncertainty and a myriad of questions. But remember, you're not alone in this, and asking the right questions can make all the difference.

Here are a few diabetes questions for your doctor when we're diagnosed, or anytime we want the information that is specific for you.

Emergency Preparedness:

  • Ever thought about what should be in a diabetes emergency kit? It's essential to be prepared.

  • And how about unexpected events like power outages or natural disasters? How can we stay ahead?

Daily Routines:

  • Adjusting our daily routines is crucial. How can we best accommodate diabetes management?

  • Are there specific times during the day that are optimal for eating, exercising, or taking medications?

Work and Professional Life:

  • Managing diabetes in a bustling work environment can be challenging. Any tips?

  • Should we be open about our condition with our employer or colleagues?

Driving and Transportation:

  • Before hitting the road, especially if on insulin or certain medications, are there precautions we should be aware of?

  • Long trips and commutes can be daunting. How can we best prepare?

Skin and Dental Care:

  • Proper care for injection or finger-prick sites is crucial. How can we prevent infections?

  • Diabetes can affect our dental health. Are there specific routines we should adopt?

Clothing and Footwear:

  • Foot care is paramount. What types of shoes are recommended for someone with diabetes?

  • And what about socks or insoles?

Alcohol and Smoking:

  • We all know smoking has its risks, but how does it specifically affect diabetes?

  • And when it comes to alcohol, how can we ensure we're consuming it safely?

Sleep and Rest:

  • Quality sleep is essential for everyone, but how does it impact blood sugar levels?

  • Are there bedtime routines or habits that can help?

Travel and Vacations:

  • Traveling across time zones can be tricky with medication timings. How can we manage?

  • And what about different cuisines or climates?

Emotional and Mental Health:

  • The emotional challenges of managing diabetes can be taxing. How can we cope?

  • Are there support groups or therapists who specialize in diabetes?

Technology and Gadgets:

  • The tech world is booming with devices to help monitor blood sugar in real-time. Any recommendations?

  • And for those of us considering CGMs or insulin pumps, how do we calibrate and use them?

Pregnancy and Family Planning:

  • For those considering starting a family, how should we prepare?

  • And how does diabetes affect fertility?

Home Monitoring and Medications:

  • Monitoring blood sugar at home can be a game-changer. How do we do it right?

  • Administering insulin or other medications can be daunting. Can you show us the ropes?

Diet and Exercise:

  • Diet plays a pivotal role. Can we get a referral to a nutritionist or a basic meal plan?

  • And when it comes to exercise, are there specific routines that are beneficial or risky?

This of course is not an extensive list of questions to ask your doctor, you will also have questions specific to you and your situation.

Remember, knowledge is power. The more we know, the better equipped we are to manage our health. If you ever feel overwhelmed, reach out. Our community is here to support you.

Stay strong and informed!

Warm regards,


Diabetic Guide Team

P.S. Share this email with friends and family who might benefit from this information. Let's spread awareness together!

Disclaimer: This information is intended for educational purposes only. Always consult with your healthcare provider regarding any medical concerns.

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