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Diabetes: Making Medical Decisions as Your Health Changes

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For many people, diabetes leads to serious health problems. These life-changing conditions bring with them new medical decisions and plans.

Medical decisions are very personal. Different people handle them in different ways.

How did these people decide about their lives and their health care? With their doctors and caregivers, they balanced their medical needs with how they want to live their lives.

How to make decisions

When you have a chronic illness, medical decisions may get more complex over time. Daily life can become more difficult. It's important for you and your doctor to keep working together to make decisions about your treatment.

You depend on your doctor to give you wise treatment advice. And your doctor depends on you to share what's most important to you.

With your health and quality of life in mind, you can problem-solve and plan with your doctor. You can also do this with other health providers and with the caregiving person or people in your life.

What is best for you?

How do you want your health care to make your life better? For you, maybe this means:

As a team, you and your doctor can decide what to treat and how to treat it. To start, you can think about questions like these:

Your answers reflect what's most important to you right now. Remember them. And use them to guide the medical decisions you make with your doctor. Revisit your answers over time. They may change.

Credits for Diabetes: Making Medical Decisions as Your Health Changes

Current as of: March 1, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
David C.W. Lau MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology

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