What to Ask a Doctor About Diabetes

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When diagnosed about diabetes, ask a doctor about your hemoglobin A1C numbers, blood pressure readings, cholesterol numbers and how to formulate healthy eating plan goals. Consult with a doctor about what medications to take and possible side effects of those medications with advice from a family nurse practitioner in this free video on diabetes.

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Hello. You may have been wondering what to ask your health care provider about your diabetes. My name is Sonya Wade. I'm an assistant professor and family nurse practitioner at the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt. And if you've been wondering those questions, I would like to give you some information today to help you with that. The very first thing that you would certainly want to ask your health care provider is about your numbers. And as simply stated, know your numbers. And if you can remember ABC: A stands for your hemoglobin A1C. A1C is a measure that your health care provider will take from a simple lab that gives them an idea of how well your diabetes is being controlled. The B is for your blood pressures. Remember your blood pressure needs to be less than 140/90. And C is knowing your cholesterol numbers. Your cholesterol numbers, you want the good cholesterol to be greater than 40 if you're a male, and you want it to be greater than 50 if you're a female. And you also want to keep the bad cholesterol at a low level at less than 100. The other thing that you would like, you would need to ask your health care provider is how can you formulate goals for a healthy eating plan and activity. It's important that you work in partnership with your health care provider to determine those goals so that you together can help you meet those goals that much better. You also would need to question about your medications. You want to know what your medications are for, how to properly use them, when it is that you should use them, and any side effects that you might experience from those mediations, because you would need to report those findings to your provider as well.

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