Talking with your Healthcare Team

Talking with your healthcare provider is an important part of making sure you’re taking care of your body and taking care of your diabetes when you’re at home.

Getting ready for your appointment
The best time to talk with your healthcare providers is at your scheduled appointments.

Before you go, think about what questions you have or what help you need with diabetes.

  • Make a list of all the medicines you take, both the prescription medicines and over-the-counter medicines. Or, bring them with you to your appointment.
  • Take notes during your appointment. Or, ask for someone, such as a family member or a friend, to come with you and write down the directions your doctor gives you.

Think about what has changed or what you need help with and make a list to take with you. Some questions to ask include:
  • Questions you have about your treatment
  • Questions about your medicine
  • Changes in your body
  • Changes in how you feel
  • Treatment instructions you need help with
  • What treatment is next
Sometimes it can help to bring a loved one to your appointment with you. Having another person hear instructions or take notes can help you remember what the doctor said.

After your appointment
Sometimes you might have questions between your scheduled appointments. Ask how to contact the nurse or doctor if you have questions after you are home.

Ask questions
Asking questions is the best way to be sure you understand diabetes, your body and your treatment. It’s one of the best ways to learn more about diabetes and how to take care of you.