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  • Talking to your doctor or nurse

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    Below is some helpful information for you to think about before  iscussing pre-diabetes or diabetes with  your GP, Nurse or Health Professional.

    Useful questions you may wish to ask:

    • Do I have diabetes? If so what type of diabetes do I have?
    • What is prediabetes?
    • What is diabetes?
    • What does it mean?
    • Do I have to have insulin injections?
    • How can I stop diabetes from happening?
    • Does diabetes mean I have to eliminate all kinds of sugar in my diet?
    • Can I still drink wine and/or beer?
    • Can I still eat fruit?
    • If I have diabetes does it mean my family will get it?
    • Do I have to take medication for the rest of my life?
    • How often do I have to have blood tests?
    • What are the complications of diabetes?
    • I have been recommended to lose weight – how much should I lose to make any difference to my diabetes?
    • I have been recommended to exercise most days of the week – how often should I exercise and for how long for?
    • How much is my medication going to cost?
    • Where can I get the medication?
    • What travel precautions do I need to take?

    Tests to be done:

    Your Doctor will ask that you visit the local Laboratory for some blood tests to be done on a regular basis.

    Regular check- ups are necessary to manage your long term condition.

    Some tests that will be taken when you visit the Doctor will be:

    • Blood tests
    • Retinopathy screening
    • Blood Pressure (BP) -   Target 130/80
    • Weight/height/Body mass index
    • Foot checks
    • Urine test
     
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