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How to Prepare for Your Next Medical Appointment

Here are suggestions that will help you get organized and make the most of your doctor visit.


Be on time. In some doctors' offices, if a patient isn't there when his or her name is called, they are put at the end of the list and have to wait until all the other patients have been seen.

Be aware of any pre-appointment preparations. When you make the appointment with your doctor, be sure to ask in advance, if you need to come after having fasted. If your doctor wants to measure your fasting blood glucose level, you probably won't be allowed to eat or drink anything for at least twelve hours prior to your appointment. However, water is allowed.

In between doctor visits, write down any symptoms you're experiencing. Your doctor will want to know how you've been feeling, so make sure you write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason you have the appointment. You can write this information in your blood glucose log book in the "notes" column, or keep a separate doctor visits notebook. Carry your log book or bring in your monitor for downloading. You can discuss these results with your diabetes educators and your doctor.

Carry a list of all your medications. Ask your pharmacy for a print out of your medication list and bring it to your appointment. Make sure that you also write down the names of any vitamins, supplements, herbal preparations or OTC (over the counter) products that you're taking or bring the bottle to your appointment and show your doctor.

Write down your questions. Whether you're out running errands or at your desk at work, if you think of a question you would like to ask your doctor at your next visit, write it down. Your doctor will have limited time to see you, so you can ask your written questions. Prioritize your questions. Make sure you ask your diabetes-related questions first.

Talk about money. Some medications and devices can be costly. Developing new and innovative drugs and devices is a very expensive process, and sometimes that is reflected in the cost for certain products. This may become an issue for you, especially if you're taking more than one medication at a time. Talk to your doctor about the specific cost of your care. He or she may be able to help you figure out ways to keep costs down, like choosing medication that your insurance company covers, and looking into pharmaceutical assistance or government sponsored programs.

In order to make it even easier, the Canadian Diabetes Association has developed a checklist to help you prepare for your diabetes-focused medical appointment. It encourages you to bring your blood glucose records, a list of all the medications you are taking, and your list of questions about diabetes. It also helps you understand where your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other measurements are at, and where they should be in order for you to be protected against future disease.