Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. However, in some cases when you call to set up an appointment, you may be referred immediately to a doctor who specializes in diabetes (endocrinologist) or in heart disease (cardiologist).

What you can do

  • Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. At the time you make the appointment, ask if there's anything you need to do in advance. This might include restricting your diet, such as for a fasting blood sugar test or a cholesterol test.
  • Make a list. Write down your symptoms and a list of all the medications and supplements you're taking regularly.
  • Record your family medical history. In particular, note any relatives who have had diabetes, heart attacks or strokes.
  • Take a family member or friend along. Sometimes it can be difficult to recall all the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.
Aug. 22, 2014