You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. However, you may then be referred to a doctor who specializes in diabetes treatment (endocrinologist).
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment and know what to expect from your doctor.
What you can do
- Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. When you make the appointment, be sure to ask if there's anything you need to do in advance, such as restrict your diet. You'll probably need to fast for eight to 10 hours before your appointment so your doctor can measure your fasting blood sugar level.
- Write down any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements you're taking.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For prediabetes, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- How can I prevent prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes?
- Is there a medication I can take?
- What types of side effects can I expect from medication?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
- How much exercise do I need?
- Are there foods I need to avoid? Can I still eat sugar?
- Do I need to see a dietitian?
- Are there brochures or other printed material I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask any other questions that occur to you. Be sure you understand your doctor's recommendations.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, such as:
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- Has your weight changed recently?
- Do you exercise regularly? If so, for how long and how often?
- Do you have a family history of diabetes?
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