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For a lot of 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. They used shared decision making.
As your health declines, medical decisions get to be more complex. Daily life can be more difficult.
If this is how your life is right now, you have more reasons than ever to share medical decisions with your doctor.
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.
How do you want your health care to make your life better? For you, this could mean:
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 your medical decision making with your doctor. Revisit your answers over time. They may change.
Other Works Consulted
Kirkman M, et al. (2012). Diabetes in older adults. Diabetes Care, 35(12), 2650–2664. Available online: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/35/12/2650.full.
Current as of:
August 31, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineDavid C.W. Lau MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Current as of: August 31, 2020
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & David C.W. Lau MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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