Living well with diabetes is within reach; an honest and open communication with your primary care physician will be a great asset in managing your diabetes and preventing any further complications.
Before your visit
- Be sure to take your blood sugar (or glucose) monitor and/or records of your blood glucose readings to your appointment. Your doctor can help you troubleshoot high or low results.
- Write a list of symptoms or concerns you want to discuss
- Ask the following:
- How often should I check my blood glucose?
- What is my target range for blood glucose readings, blood pressure and cholesterol?
- Should I make any adjustments to my lifestyle (food, exercise, medications) to improve my blood glucose control?
During your visit, pay attention to your measured blood pressure: if it is high, your risk for stroke, heart attack, eye problems, and kidney disease increases. Your physician can help you set up a self-care plan to lower your blood pressure levels.
Preventing complications is part of managing your diabetes. Be sure to discuss the following with your physician and schedule the following at least once each year:
- A cholesterol blood test
- A microalbumin test, which measures kidney function
- An eye exam performed by an eye doctor
- A flu shot
At MedStar Health, our teams of primary care physicians work closely with our endocrinologists on your behalf. We partner with you and work together to ensure your diabetes is managed as carefully and efficiently as possible.
The way you eat has a lot to do with your diabetes. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has a Registered Dietitian who specializes in Diabetes and Prediabetes who will work with you to individualize a plan to help you establish new eating habits. Our Diabetes Dietitian can also help you with concerns related to:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes in pregnancy