Dr. Discussion Guide
If your current treatment plan is not controlling your diabetes as well as
you and your healthcare team would like, you may be able to reach your blood
sugar goals by adding insulin.
The first step is to talk with your doctor to find out if insulin may be the
right choice for you. You are an important member of your healthcare team, and
you need to be able to speak openly and honestly with your doctor about your
diabetes treatment and your health.
Take this form with you to your next doctor's visit and use these
"Questions to Ask Your Doctor" to help start a conversation with your
doctor about insulin and blood sugar. Time with your doctor may be limited, and
this list is a good way to make sure that you remember to ask all the questions
you may have. If you have other questions, besides those on the list, be sure to
add them at the bottom of the page.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- If my A1C level is higher than 7%, might insulin help?
- Are my diabetes pills not enough?
- If I do go on insulin will I have to adjust the dosage of my other
- Is it hard to inject insulin and how will I learn to inject it?
- Would I have to test my blood sugar more often?
- What types of insulin are there?
- Would I take insulin alone or in combination with diabetes pills?
- If I don't like insulin can I stop taking it?
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Safety Information for Insulin
Possible side effects may include blood sugar levels that are too low,
injection site reactions, and allergic reactions, including itching and rash.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines and supplements you are taking
because they could change the way insulin works. Glucose monitoring is
recommended for all patients with diabetes.
The health information contained herein is provided for general education
purposes only. Your healthcare professional is the single best source of
information regarding your health. Please consult your healthcare professional
if you have any questions about your health or treatment.