Doctor Discussion Guide

This Doctor Discussion Guide is a tool that you can change to fit your needs. You can print and take it with you to your next visit. It will provide you and your diabetes care team with some talking points about your insulin care plan. 

Make the Doctor Discussion Guide your own! 

Check any statement or question you would like to discuss with your diabetes care team. You can choose as many—or as few—as you want. If you have any additional questions or concerns, you can type them into the text box.

My talking points

Check off the talking point that you would like to discuss.

My current insulin treatment
  • I take diabetes pills
  • I take a noninsulin diabetes injection
  • I am taking a long-acting insulin but not a mealtime insulin
  • I am taking both a long-acting insulin and a mealtime insulin
  • I am taking a human premix insulin (such as Novolin® 70/30)
Could a premix insulin analog like NovoLog® Mix 70/30 help me get to goal?
  • My morning blood sugar numbers have been within my target range. Why isn’t my A1C?
  • If I’m no longer at my A1C goal, could it be because of mealtime blood sugar spikes?
  • Should I be checking my blood sugar after I eat?
  • I’m currently taking long-acting insulin. Do I need mealtime insulin as well?
  • Can I get mealtime blood sugar coverage without having to take 2 insulins?
  • Can I take 1 insulin to get both fast-acting coverage at mealtime and long-acting coverage between meals?
  • Could adding mealtime insulin to my diabetes care plan help me reduce the risk of some long-term, diabetes-related health problems?
Premix insulin: What do I need to know?
  • What is premix insulin?
  • How can taking 1 premix insulin replace the 2 insulins I take now?
  • If I take premix insulin, how many times a day will I have to inject?
  • How much premix insulin do I need to take with each injection?
  • How will my meals and my activity level affect my insulin dose?
  • How many times a day should I check my blood sugar?
  • Will I have to inject insulin and check my blood sugar while away from home?
  • What is the difference between human premix insulin and analog premix insulin?
Taking my premix insulin as directed
  • I’m taking my dose as directed, why haven’t I seen an improvement in my blood sugar numbers yet?
  • Is premix insulin an ongoing treatment or just something I have to take for a little while?
  • If I feel better, can I stop taking my insulin?
  • If my blood sugar numbers improve, can I stop taking my insulin?
  • If I forget to take my dose before a meal, can I take it once I start eating?
  • I keep forgetting to take my insulin at mealtime. Is there anything I can do to help myself remember?
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