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 screenings). 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 51 provider) • 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 visit.) • 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: This workbook is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Only your doctor can diagnose and treat a medical problem. ©2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 StayWell, LLC. www.staywell.com 800-333-3032 All rights reserved. Made in the USA. 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.
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