You're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in diabetes treatment (endocrinologist).
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
Before your appointment, take these steps:
- Ask about any pre-appointment restrictions. You'll probably need to fast for at least eight hours before your appointment so that your doctor can measure your fasting blood sugar level.
- List symptoms you've been having and for how long.
- List all medications, vitamins and supplements you take, including the doses.
- List key personal and medical information, including other conditions, recent life changes and stressors.
- Prepare questions to ask your doctor.
For prediabetes, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- How can I prevent prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes?
- Do I need to take medication? If so, what side effects can I expect?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
- How much do I need to exercise each week?
- Should I avoid any foods? Can I still eat sugar?
- Do I need to see a dietitian?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- 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?