2 Important Reasons Not to Smoke When You Have Diabetes


Smoking in general, is hazardous for health but it can be more dangerous and damaging for people who already have diabetes. It’s been known for a long time, that diabetic people who smoke have higher blood sugar levels, making their disease more difficult to control and putting them at greater risk of developing complications such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure and heart problems. Recent studies have established that the primary cause of this is the nicotine found in cigarettes.

These studies have shown that for smokers, the chances of developing diabetes are very high, and also suggests that nicotine supplements like nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes, aren’t a safe option either. Due to their high nicotine content, these products can easily increase your hemoglobin levels just as cigarettes can. In order to minimize your chances of developing diabetes or diabetic complications, you need to quit smoking.

Diabetes has a lot of potential complications which include heart disease, stroke, blindness, nerve damage and circulatory problems. Smoking greatly increases the risk of developing all these things. Sometimes smoking can actually double the likelihood of these conditions, as well as doubling the chances of suffering from kidney problems.
Read on to see more indepth information on the relationship between smoking and diabetes:

1. Smoking greatly increases your risk of developing heart disease


Smoking and diabetes both increase the risk of developing a heart disease in very similar ways; so when combined, imagine the damage they could do. Fatty deposits are developed in the arteries due to the increase of glucose levels, and this in turn makes it harder for the blood to circulate effectively, affecting the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart with blood and oxygen) and creating the possibility of a heart attack.

2. It also increases the risk of developing stroke


Stroke occurs when there’s shortage of blood supply to the brain, and anything that limits blood flow increases the risks of a stroke. Smoking combined with diabetes are of great damage to blood circulation, and therefore automatically increase the risk of having a stroke.


Stopping smoking will almost immediately reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, lung disease, cancer, stroke and other complications. In particular, if you suffer from diabetes, quitting smoking should be a non-negotiable step.

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