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Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor Once You've Been Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes

What About Health Complications With Type 2 Diabetes?

Having type 2 diabetes can lead to other problems, such as eye conditions, kidney problems, and problems with your teeth and gums. In addition, type 2 diabetes can reduce blood supply to your arms and legs, causing nerve damage and tingly numbness in the feet.
Some of the questions you may want to ask your healthcare provider regarding other potential health problems include:
  • Should I be worried about neuropathy (nerve damage), retinopathy (damage to the retina), and nephropathy (kidney damage)?
  • How often do I need to get an eye exam?
  • How often will you check my kidneys, and what exactly are you looking for in this test?
  • What should I look out for as far as sores on my feet?
  • What type of care do I need to do with regard to my teeth and gums?
  • What other medical tests should I get and how often should I have them?
  • How is type 2 diabetes related to heart disease?
  • Should I get a yearly flu shot?
  • What should I do if I get sick?
  • What should I do if I become pregnant?
  • What should I do if I am breastfeeding?
  • Will I need to see specialists, such as an eye specialist, foot specialist, or kidney specialist?
  • When should I have my next routine visit with you?
  • Is there someone who can provide me with more diabetes education?

Sorting Out the Answers

If your healthcare provider has diagnosed you with type 2 diabetes, it's normal to feel confused by the mountain of new information. Coming up with your own set of questions and concerns can help you get a better grip on how to give yourself the best care.

However, you may have more questions and concerns than what your healthcare provider has time to explain. You may want to ask your healthcare provider to recommend a diabetes educator or someone who can help you work out all the details of your treatment plan.
To be successful at managing diabetes, you must be able to put together a strong healthcare team who will help support you. In many cases, people may feel rushed if their healthcare provider is swamped with appointments, and you may find yourself walking away with many unanswered questions.

It's important to ensure that you and your healthcare provider are on the same page. Having a list of concerns or questions prepared before you go to your healthcare provider's office can help you stay focused on the answers you need.
Although there is quite a bit of information to learn with type 2 diabetes, the more you know, the easier it will be to control your blood sugar levels and stay healthy.
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