Are you curious if you can leverage your lifestyle changes to get off some of these medications causing the above effects? It’s the perfect time to talk to your provider.
We will take you through the steps of a successful conversation with your health provider.
- Define your goals. (For example, you’ve learned from the American Diabetes Association that type 2 diabetes remission is possible, and remission is one of your goals.)
- Write down your medications
- Inform your provider of all the new lifestyle changes you are working on (for example, low-carb eating or increasing your movement).
- Review any documentation you have from your last appointment.
- Write out any symptoms you’re feeling or secondary impacts you’re noticing that you want to review with your provider.
During the Appointment:
State your goals. Your provider is there to help and you can ask for their support to help identify how to personalize your current treatment plan to your biology, lifestyle and goals.
Don’t be afraid to ask curious questions. Ask your provider if any of your current diabetes medication could be contributing to weight gain or lack of energy. Are there any medications that you could reduce or eliminate since you’ve made new lifestyle changes (like low-carb eating or going for regular walks)? What lifestyle intervention could you continue to reduce the diabetes medications you are on?
Ask for support. Ask your provider to help monitor your medication plan as you implement lifestyle changes to treat your diabetes.
Take notes or ask to record the appointment. You’ll want to come back to what was discussed and the actions later.
Consider bringing a family member, friend, or advocate. Somebody else in the room can help keep track of what’s advised and serve as a liaison to ensure there’s an open dialogue.
What to Say:
Not sure how to begin the conversation? We’ll help you with that. Here is a sample script that you can use or adjust in your own words.
I’m hoping to start a dialogue about how I can work to lower average blood glucose and work toward remission from type 2 diabetes.
[If your provider is not aware about Level2 yet, explain what Level2 is, if not—skip below]
With Level2, I’ve learned that lifestyle changes may help reduce my need for certain diabetes medications.
I want to learn more about the best lifestyle changes for me and I would like to work with you to reduce or discontinue some of my diabetes medications. I have started <insert new lifestyle changes here>.
As I implement lifestyle changes, it might impact my current medication plan. Can we proactively come up with a plan to safely get my off medications together? Can we make it a standing item to revisit my medication plan to ensure that I am on the best medications to fit my improved lifestyle?
Reflect. Did your provider take the time to explain why you are on your current diabetes medication? Did your provider have time to talk to you about specific lifestyle changes and your diabetes treatment goals? Are you satisfied with how the appointment went? Did you get your questions answered?
Take Action. If you weren’t satisfied with how the appointment went or still have lingering questions, follow up! Level2 can help support you, too. Message your coach to request a Diabetes Nurse Consult.