Getting the most
out of your appointment.
This is your appointment so make the most of it!
Before you come to your appointment think about questions you would like to ask, write them down so you don’t forget.
Please remember to bring your blood glucose meter, diary or downloaded results with you.
If there is anything discussed that you don’t understand, please, don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff, we are all here to support you.
Your diabetes care team will usually take some checks including your blood pressure (BP) and weight. If you are under 19 years old, a finger prick HbA1c test may also be taken (which reflects your average blood glucose over a 6-12-week period). The finger prick test is just like a home blood glucose test. You do not need to fast for this test.
In the clinic you will be seen by one of the team or you may be seen by everyone- doctor, nurse and dietitian, depending on your needs. You can always request to see a specific member of the team.
If you are under 19, many clinics will keep a personal record for you to track your education and understanding around managing your diabetes. The main aim of this is to ensure you have been provided all the information you need before moving up to an adult diabetes service and you are confident in your own self management skills.
When you have diabetes, you are entitled to certain health checks and services every year. Having all these checks, helps reduce your risk of diabetes related complications. Please click on the link below to find out more:
KNOW YOUR TARGETS
There is a lot of research that advises people with diabetes targets for their diabetes control, blood pressure and cholesterol.
You should aim for the following targets:
HbA1c ≤ 58mmol/mol (7.5%) BP ≤ 135/85
It is important that you know these targets to help with your self-management of your diabetes. Please feel free to discuss with the team for your own achievable personal targets.
To estimating your average blood glucose tests from your HbA1c click this link.
BLOOD GLUCOSE TARGETS
We recommend aiming for blood glucose targets as below:
– Waking (fasting) should be between 5.0 and 7.0 mmol/L
– Before meals 4 – 7 mmol/L
– After meal/food (2-3 hours) blood glucose levels should be below 9mmol/L.
– Before physical activity and exercise blood glucose level should be between 5 and 9 mmol/L
These are a guideline, discuss your own achievable personal targets with your diabetes care team.