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Discussing insulin with my health care team

Now that you’ve learnt more about insulin and considered what’s important to you, it may be time to make an appointment with your diabetes health care team for a discussion.

Your doctor can provide information and advice to help you to decide which diabetes management is best for you and to support you as you start new medications. You might also ask to visit a Credentialed Diabetes Educator. Diabetes Educators are trained to provide diabetes management education. They can teach you how to prepare, inject and store insulin and also answer any questions you might have about insulin or diabetes in general.

Before you meet with your health care team, think about what you want to get out of your discussion. It can help to write a list of questions or prompts to remind you on the day. Here are some examples. You may want to use some of these, or you may have other questions to ask. Remember, there are no silly questions.

Example questions/prompts:

  1. What is my target HbA1c?
  2. Is my most recent HbA1c within my target range?
  3. What are my treatment options?
  4. If I need insulin, what type of insulin would be best for me and why?
  5. Will I have to check my blood glucose levels at home? How often?
  6. Can I see and practice using an insulin injection device during an appointment?
  7. What kind of support and education is available to help me as I start taking insulin?
  8. I need more information on_______________ (e.g. insulin injection devices, treating a hypo or managing my weight).

My Questions:

If you have accessed this booklet online, you may find it helpful to print out the PDF version.

A printed copy may make it easier to write down your thoughts and questions and bring them with you to your next appointment with your doctor or diabetes health care team.

Remember: your health care team is there to help you with all aspects of your diabetes, including how you feel about taking insulin.

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Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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