Here are some questions you might want to ask your family's health care providers, including your own:
- What is my risk or my family’s risk for developing diabetes?
- What signs and symptoms would indicate that I have diabetes?
- What type of tests should I have to find out if I have diabetes or risk factors?
- Are there lifestyle changes I can make today to reduce my risk for diabetes?
- How large a role does having a family history of diabetes play?
- Does eating too much sugar cause diabetes?
If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, ask these questions:
- What are my "ABC" numbers? A for A1C (or hemoglobin A1C) test; B is for blood pressure; and C is for cholesterol.
- How do I reach the desired target "ABC" numbers?
- What tests will I need to monitor the effects of diabetes on my eyes, kidneys, heart and nerves?
- When and under what conditions should I test my blood sugar?
- What lifestyle changes should I make to better manage my diabetes? Should I see a dietitian?
- Which exercises are best for me?
- How should I take care of my feet? What types of socks and shoes should I wear?
- Are there any new medications or combinations of medications that could help me manage my type 2 diabetes?
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