Your Physical Health
Have Regular Checkups
Managing your blood glucose every day helps reduce
your risk of complications. You also need regular checkups
with your health care provider to monitor risk factors for
diabetes complications. Keep up-to-date on the tests
listed below. Ask what other tests you might need based
on your age, health, and gender (such as cancer
Tests and Vaccinations
The American Diabetes Association recommends
having the following tests done to help reduce your
risk of complications (especially from comorbidities):
• Blood pressure (every time you visit the health care
• A1C (at first, every 3 to 6 months)
• Cholesterol and blood lipids (at the time of diagnosis, and every 5 years after that—or
more often, if recommended by your health care provider)
• Foot exam (a thorough examination once a year. Have your feet looked at during every
• Vaccinations (as directed by your health care provider)*
*Ask your health care provider which immunizations would help you.
Chapter 6: Maintaining Your Overall Health
My Quit Smoking Contract
Set Your Goal
Now it’s your turn to set a goal. If you’re ready to quit smoking for good, make this your
goal. Otherwise, you can start with a smaller change, such as limiting the amount you
smoke each day. In any case, your goal should move you closer to the big goal of quitting.
List the specific goal you’d like to achieve.
Prepare to Act
Once you’ve decided to make a change, it’s best to set a start date. Choose one that’s
coming up soon. You might want to pick a day that’s very normal. Then think about telling
the people in your life. That way, they’ll understand (and support!) your new actions.
Also, be clear that meeting your goal will take time, attention, and support.
I will take action toward my goal starting on:
I picked this day because:
I will tell these people about the change I’m making and
suggest how they can support me:
Here are a few things I will do to make quitting smoking a
priority in my life:
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Print out this helpful sheet and write
down your goals
If You Smoke
If you smoke, quitting smoking is one of the most important
changes you can make for your health. Talk with your health
care provider about ways to stop smoking. Together, you can
make a plan to quit. Quitting may be hard and take some time.
But, the potential health benefits are worth it.
Have a Quit Plan
Forming a “quit plan” can improve your chances of success.
First, ask your health care provider about quit aids and
medications, such as nicotine gum or patches. Plan when
you’ll quit and what method you’ll use. Decide ahead of time
how you will deal with the urge to smoke. Let your family
and friends know how they can support you. Start by setting
a quit date.