Preparing for your Diabetes-Focused Visit
Me, My Health and My Diabetes Team
Know your team. Stay Connected. Prepare for your Diabetes Care. Live Well.
For people living with diabetes, keeping track of your diabetes information and any questions that arise can be challenging. It is a complex disease, and good diabetes care requires preparation, organization and follow up by both patients and their primary care providers*.
In response to this challenge, the Canadian Diabetes Association has developed tracking tools to help you be best prepared for visits with your doctor and the rest of your diabetes team.. Your diabetes visits will be more effective if you are prepared and know what to expect. For example, having laboratory tests done before your visit will help your doctor and diabetes healthcare team focus on next steps in the organization of your diabetes care
Seeing your doctor only for diabetes-related issues will allow sufficient time for you and your doctor to discuss your management of the disease and any problems or changes you are experiencing. Ideally, you should have four appointments each year dedicated solely to diabetes care, during which your blood pressure should be checked, your feet examined and your medications reviewed, among other things..
Use any of the tracking toolsbelow, for your unique needs. The tools can help you to:
• Keep track of your numbers and diabetes care
• Discuss your needs and goals
• Write out any questions you may have
• List the members of your diabetes care team
• Write down information you learned during visits with your diabetes care team
Remember, your diabetes care needs and information may change over time. These tools will help you stay up to date and will help you keep your team connected.
Are you preparing for a diabetes visit? Use the “Me, My Health and My Diabetes Team” checklist to help you get ready for your visit.
- If you are living with diabetes, it is important that you understand your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Here is a self assessment tool that can be used during your diabetes-focused visits to help identify your risk factors for heart attack or stroke.
- Diabetes Dialogue - Taking charge of your health by being informed is vital to reducing your risk of complications from diabetes. Subscribe today to Diabetes Dialogue, the official magazine of the Canadian Diabetes Association and the country’s leading diabetes magazine since 1977.
- The ABCDEs to Reduce your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke is- a quick reference of key elements from the 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines regarding cardiovascular risk factors and recommendations for reducing cardiovascular risk.
* Primary care providers are those who are “orchestrating” your diabetes care. This could be a family doctor, a specialist or a nurse practitioner.