Diabetes: Working With Your Health Care Team (cont.)

How Often Should I See My Doctor?

People with diabetes who are treated with insulin shots generally should see their doctor at least every three to four months. Those who are treated with pills or who are managing diabetes through diet should be seen at least every four to six months. More frequent visits may be necessary if your blood glucose is not controlled or if complications of diabetes are worsening.

What Information Should I Give My Doctor?

Generally, your doctor needs to know how well your diabetes is controlled and whether diabetic complications are starting or getting worse. Therefore, at each visit, provide your doctor with your home blood glucose monitoring record and report any symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) or hyperglycemia (high blood glucose).

Your doctor also should be informed of any changes in your diet, exercise or medicines and of any new illnesses you may have developed. Tell your doctor if you have experienced any symptoms of eye, nerve, kidney or cardiovascular problems such as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness or tingling in your feet
  • Persistent hand, feet, face, or leg swelling
  • Cramping or pain in the legs
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
  • Unusual weight gain
What Lab Tests Should I Have Done?

Reviewed by Certified Diabetes Educators in the Department of Patient Education and Health Information and by physicians in the Department of Endocrinology at The Cleveland Clinic.

Edited by Brunilda Nazario, MD, October 2004.

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Last Editorial Review: 5/24/2005