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You're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor if you're having diabetes symptoms. If blood sugar levels are extremely high, you'll likely be sent to the emergency room. You may be referred to a doctor who specialises in diabetes, among other disorders (endocrinologist). Soon after diagnosis, you'll also likely to meet a diabetes educator and a dietitian to get more information on managing your diabetes.
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment and to know what to expect.
When you make the appointment, ask if you need to do anything in advance. This will likely include restricting your diet such as for a fasting blood sugar test.
including any that may seem unrelated.
including major stresses or recent life changes. If you're monitoring your glucose values at home, bring a record of the glucose results, detailing the dates and times of testing.
vitamins and supplements you're taking.
In particular, note any relatives who have had diabetes, heart attacks or strokes.
if possible. Someone who accompanies you, can help you remember information you need.
your doctor. Ask about aspects of your diabetes management you're unclear about.
Your doctor can renew your prescriptions while you're there.
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as: