3 Things to Tell Your Doctor About Your Diabetes

Medically Reviewed By William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
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Managing diabetes can be challenging, which is why it’s important to build a strong relationship with your diabetes doctor.

At your next appointment, don’t forget to mention these three things:

1. Signs of Diabetes Complications

If not properly managed, diabetes can cause serious problems, like eye disease, nerve pain, and kidney damage. Always tell your doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms of these complications, including blurred vision, chest pain, shortness of breath, or unusual weight gain. Keep an eye out as well for numbness, tingling, pain, or swelling in your hands, feet, face, or legs. If you do notice any of these symptoms, your doctor can determine next steps to get your diabetes better controlled and prevent any developing complications from getting worse.

2. Problems Adhering to Medication

Managing your diabetes means you must follow your doctor’s treatment plan and commit to taking medications as prescribed. However, it can be hard to keep taking your diabetes medications if you’re experiencing side effects or your treatment schedule doesn’t work with your lifestyle. If you aren’t able to stick to your treatment plan, there’s nothing to be ashamed about. Be honest with your doctor about why you’re having trouble so you can work together to find a solution, which might mean a different drug, dosing schedule, or lifestyle change.

3. Changes in Your Mood

Dealing with a chronic condition like diabetes can be tough, and it’s common for people to experience stress, anxiety, and depression as a result. In fact, having diabetes doubles your risk of developing depression in your lifetime. Fortunately, there are effective resources available to help you cope with the emotional side effects of life with diabetes, from medications to meditation. Don’t be afraid to tell your doctor how you’ve been feeling. He or she can help you find the appropriate support to better manage your mental health. Getting outside help to manage your emotional wellbeing doesn’t mean you’ve failed; it means you’re using all the tools in your toolbox to live a fulfilling and healthy life.

Living with diabetes can be difficult, but connecting with a doctor you trust can make all the difference. If you’re open and honest about what you’re experiencing, you’re on your way to staying in control of your condition.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2021 Nov 10
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