This Diabetes Week we're encouraging you to #TalkAboutDiabetes. To help you out, we're offering top tips for having conversations about diabetes. Going to your healthcare professional can make you nervous, especially if you're worried about something. Here are our top tips for talking to your diabetes team.
It’s an old cliché, but there really is no such thing as a silly question. Diabetes is complicated, and managing it can be very difficult. If you’re not sure about anything, just ask. And if you have any concerns, talk to your healthcare professional.
Appointments can be frustratingly short for both you and your healthcare professional. By thinking about what you’d like to discuss beforehand you can be get what you need out of the appointment. If you have any worries about bringing certain issues up, try our helpline for advice.
Tell your doctor what you want to talk about at the start of the appointment. It means you won’t be wishing you’d asked something you didn’t after the conversation is finished, and can get all the information you need.
If you have a lot to discuss then book a double appointment. This will give you plenty of time to talk, and you won’t feel rushed. Your healthcare professional will also have more time to help you plan.
Try not to be vague with your healthcare professional. The more honest you are the better the advice will be. This is easier said than done, but it’s really important to your wellbeing. Whatever your problems are, be as descriptive as possible.