Conversation Starters

Time to turn preparation into action

Check out these conversations. See if they can help you turn your next appointment into a conversation.

 
When your doctor says: "Your A1c is not budging."
You may be thinking: "How can that be?"
Try saying: "What can we do to get it going in the right direction?"
Here's what you need to know: It's not just you, it could be your diabetes. It may be time for some changes. Talk about them!
 
When your doctor says: "It's time to add/change medicine."
You may be thinking: "What? Another medicine?"
Try saying: "Another medicine? What can I expect? What will it do?"
Here's what you need to know: Diabetes can change over time. That means your medicine and overall diabetes management plan may change, too. And you should learn all you can about how things can change and what you can do.
 
When your doctor says: "Are you really sticking to your diet and exercise plan?"
You may be thinking: "Sticking? I can’t get started!"
Try saying: "I think I can use some help in that department."
Here's what you need to know: There's nothing wrong with asking for help, especially when it comes to changes in your diet, exercise, and treatment routine. Or at least some doable tips for getting healthier! Finding what works best for you can be the key to starting—and sticking with—your plan.
 
When your doctor says: "Your A1c looks off; are you sure you're taking your medications as prescribed?"
You may be thinking: "Hey, I try!"
Try saying: "Maybe my routine needs a little help. What do you suggest?"
Here's what you need to know: Having the right medication in the right dosage—and taking it as directed—is an important part of your total treatment plan. Getting your medication right can help you get to your A1c goal. Your doctor needs the full picture to understand when changes are needed.