Smoking and Diabetes

On 19 November 2020 by Droobi

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Smoking is one of the leading preventable cause of various lifestyle diseases. We all know that smoking is bad for our health but when it comes to diabetics, it can be worse and life threatening.

Maintaining blood sugar levels is hard when you have diabetes and smoking makes it more challenging. The uncontrolled sugar level can lead to major complications to your heart, kidneys and blood vessels, worsen by smoking.

 

What happens to the body when we smoke?

 

Your body becomes more resistant to insulin. The chemicals in the cigarettes change the body’s cells and can interfere with their normal function. This causes inflammation throughout the body, which can decrease the effectiveness of insulin. Also, when toxins from the smoke meet oxygen in the body, it causes cell damage, called oxidative stress. Both oxidative stress and inflammation lead to increased risk of diabetes.

 

People living with diabetes, if they smoke, they may be putting themselves at a higher risk for serious complications, like:

  • Heart and kidney disease

  • Poor blood flow to the limbs causes infections, ulcers, and possible amputation.

  • Retinopathy

  • Peripheral neuropathy

 

How can you reduce these risks?

 

Quit smoking and the use of tobacco…

We all know that it not as easy as it sounds, since smoking often turns to be addictive. Yet we suggest you try to do the following:

  • List out the reasons to stop smoking,

  • Understand why and how important these reasons are for you to lead a healthy and happy life.

  • Decide on a date to stop smoking.

  • Tell your loved ones, family and friends about the decision you have made. Some of them might want to join you as well.  

 

Keep in mind it might take several attempts, don’t give up from the first time.

 

Today is the day!