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If you've been newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you might not know where to start gathering information. Initially, your healthcare provider is a great resource. Ask detailed questions on how this condition affects your overall health, how it will be managed and monitored, how to properly care for yourself, and if this affects other drugs you take. Because time with the doctor is often limited, ask for a referral to a diabetes educator too.


You Have Type 2 Diabetes -- Now What?

Once you have received a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, you may be wondering what the next step is to ensure you are taking the best possible care of yourself. Does this mean you need to take insulin shots? How do you manage this condition? So many questions may be popping in your head once you find out you have type 2 diabetes, and it can be difficult to know how to sort through all of them.
Many people search the Internet for some answers, only to become lost in an abyss of thousands of Web pages that may lead to more unanswered questions than answers. You may try to talk to some friends, only to find that their situation is not the same as yours. Because many of these resources may be discouraging and overwhelming, we have put together a one-stop source of information to help you wade through the waters of what to discuss with your healthcare provider about your type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

Preparing for Your Visit With Your Healthcare Provider

Most people don't have a degree in endocrinology, and many find themselves at a loss as to what it means to have type 2 diabetes. Many people don't even know where to start to find understandable but reliable information. Rather than spending a lot of time solely relying on the Internet or word-of-mouth accounts of people who have type 2 diabetes, you may want to focus your time and energy on preparing for your own unique treatment plan.
One of the best starting places is to sit down and speak frankly with your healthcare provider about any questions and concerns you may have about your type 2 diabetes diagnosis. However, you may be wondering how to get that conversation started, as you may not know enough about this condition to ask the right questions.
In the most basic sense, you may just start off with a general question like, "What is going on with my body?" This open-ended question can help start the conversation with your healthcare provider about what type 2 diabetes is and how it affects your body. However, it can help to be more prepared for this conversation with some more specific questions. Let's take a look at some of the questions that you may want to write down before meeting with your healthcare provider.
When you visit with your healthcare provider, it can be easy to become distracted and forget what you wanted to ask about. Putting together a list of questions to ask your healthcare provider can help you make the most out of the time you have together.
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