If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and are feeling confused, overwhelmed, and not exactly sure of what questions you should ask your doctor and where to start, you are in the right place. Continue reading to learn the 4 Diabetes questions you should ask your doctor.
The best time to take action is now when you are newly diagnosed because you still have time to learn and prevent diabetes-related complications and bring your blood sugar back down to normal.
Important Diabetes Questions To Ask Your Doctor
Q1. Can I exercise?
If so, are there any limitations? More often people call physical movements and activity free medicine because these can be done easily at any time and it is a great way to improve blood sugar level immediately.
Be sure to consult your doctor to get specific clearance and guidance before you start moving. Outdoor activities, hiking aerobics, stretching, yoga, videos, and strength training can all help you begin your exercise journey as a diabetic.
Make sure you pick a form of activity you enjoy and do it regularly.
Q2. What is My Hemoglobin A1C?
In diabetes diagnosis, knowing and understanding the hemoglobin A1C is the most important number to know.
Your A1C is the average of what your blood sugar level has been throughout the day for the past one to three months.
It is a measure of the amount of sugar that is attached to your red blood cells. Knowing these numbers gives great knowledge of how well you are controlling your diabetes. Here are the ranges
Normal: Less than 5%
Borderline (pre-diabetes): 5.7 to 6.4%
Diabetes: 6.5% or greater
Immediately a person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the goal is to maintain hemoglobinA1C below 7%. You should consider checking with your doctor to see if he or she has specific and personal goals for you, however, these are the general guidelines from the American Diabetes Association. Having a hemoglobin A1C chart (1) is important as a reference to help you check if your blood sugar is on track.
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Q3. How do my medications work? When should I take them? What should I do if I missed a dose?
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and have also been given any medications to help with your blood sugar level, it is very important to understand the ‘WHY’ and the ‘HOW’ of your medications.
Ask your doctor to explain why that particular drug is chosen and how you should take it. Make sure it is a medication you are able to afford every day without putting a hole in your purse.
The more knowledgeable you are at knowing about your medication, the better you will be able to take them and recognize how effective they are working or report any unusual side effects you notice
Q4.Can I have a blood sugar monitor?
Checking and monitoring your blood sugar levels at home is one of the best ways to immediately understand how food, sleep, exercise, and lifestyle habits can affect your blood sugar level daily.
You should ask your doctor the right times you should check your blood sugar level and what goal level you should aim at. You can check blood sugar levels at any time throughout the day. Although, it is necessary to check your fasting blood sugar level and repeat 2hours after the first bite of your meal to get an accurate result of how the food is affecting your blood sugar.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that fasting blood sugar levels be; between 70 and 130mg/dL, 2hours after the first bite of a meal – it should be less than 180mg/dL (2).
A diabetes diagnosis can be undoubtedly scary especially when you are first diagnosed. It is true that people living with uncontrolled diabetes have a higher risk of diabetes complications.
It is important to understand that it is possible for you to control your blood sugar levels without being a part of the scary group.
Well-controlled blood sugar is the goal this will help prevent further diabetes-related health problems (3). This goal can only be achieved when you get the right information about your diabetes condition, how to manage it, and medication use from your doctor.
The next time you plan to visit your doctor, be sure to ask him or her the following questions;
- what exercise is good for a diabetic
- how your medication work
- how to measure or test your blood sugar at home
- how to interpret hemoglobin A1C numbers.
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