Senior Citizen's Guide to Washington County

6 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Washington County 6. Quit smoking and drinking alcohol. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Smoking hurts your blood vessels and raises your blood pressure. It also causes lung disease and many other long-term health problems. Drinking alcohol narrows your blood vessels, which causes your heart to pump harder. Also, alcohol works against many drugs prescribed for high blood sugar, so it’s best to stop drinking. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to quit smoking. 7. Stay in touch with family and friends. Ask your family members to help you make a plan for managing your diabetes. Then talk about how you can help them to take steps to eat healthier and be more active. This way, you are both supporting each other in having healthy lifestyle plans. For example, you may talk about how to have healthier choices on the menu when you all get together for a meal. If you live close to one another, you may decide to walk or do other kinds of exercise together. Knowing that you are all working toward a common goal can bring your family closer. Supporting each other helps everyone succeed. 8. Check your signs and know when to call your doctor. It can be frustrating when you have high blood sugar levels. Stress can make this worse. Write down when your symptoms worsen. Talk to your caregiver if you have questions. This information can help alert you as to when you should call your doctor and make changes to your treatment plan if needed. Feel free to ask your healthcare provider any questions that you might have about your treatment plan. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist known as an endocrinologist. Endocrinologists are doctors who