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Make Your Doctor Visits Easier With This Checklist

July 09, 2018
A Few Days Before Your Appointment
  • Write down what you want to discuss.

    You have limited time with your doctor. Assemble your questions and concerns before your appointment to make sure you get the answers you need.
The Day of the Appointment
  • Wear comfortable clothes

    Though you may want to dress up for your appointment, consider how easy it is to get dressed and undressed.
  • Bring your glucose records.

    Whether you use a logbook, an app, a glucose meter or all of the above, bring them to your appointment. Seeing these things can help your doctor pinpoint any factors that could be influencing your blood sugar levels.
  • Be prepared to talk about exercise.

    Know not only what kind of exercise you’re doing but also how often you are doing it and for how long. You should also be ready to talk about how you feel before, during and after.
  • Bring a list of any medications or supplements.

    Tell your doctor about any substance that you consume by mouth on a regular basis. This could be over-the-counter and prescription medications, as well as vitamins, herbs and dietary supplements, even protein powder. This way your doctor can identify any interaction or side effects you’re experiencing.
At the Appointment
  • Ask for results.

    When the nurse is taking vitals, ask for the readings. You should know your blood pressure, heart rate, and BMI.
  • Remove your shoes and socks.

    Even if your doctor doesn’t ask you to do so, taking off your shoes and socks will remind him to examine your feet for signs of skin breakdown, hot spots, cracked heels, or ingrown toenails.
  • Get detailed instructions about follow-up.

    Make sure you know exactly what to do after your appointment. Find out about any lab tests that you may need, when your next appointment should be, and any other steps you need to take.