Smoking and diabetes

Diabetes and smoking – What do I need to know?

It is no secret that smoking won’t win the prize for the healthiest habit in the world.

But what effects does smoking have on people with diabetes? What do they have to pay special attention to? Is there a way to minimize the health risks?

Read in this article what diabetes and smoking are all about. This article may change your life and that of many people around you.

Smokers with diabetes

What exactly is diabetes?

To understand the impact of smoking on people with diabetes, we need to take a step back and remember what diabetes is:

Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly known as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by high blood sugar levels over an extended period of time.

The symptoms are:

  • high blood sugar
  • frequent urination,
  • increased thirst
  • and hunger attacks

If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Among other things, diabetes can lead to death.

In 2017, about 425 million people worldwide were estimated to have diabetes. Approximately 90% of these were type 2 diabetes patients. This corresponds to 8.8% of the adult population, with roughly similar figures for women and men.

increased blood sugar

What risks do I face and why should I stop smoking especially as a diabetic?

As a diabetic, you are already in a group of people who have increased health risk factors. These include in particular:

  • Various heart diseases
  • strokes
  • poor circulation
  • chronic kidney problems
  • erection disorders
  • foot ulcers
  • eye damage

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How does the probability of a diabetic dying from serious diseases increase?

You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes or a Nobel Prize winner to add 1 and 1 and understand that smoking greatly increases the risk of the above diseases. In other words:

Smoking increases the risk of dying of unsightly diseases.

Studies show that smoking more than doubles the likelihood of contracting one of these diseases.

For all those suffering from type 2 diabetes: The most common cause of death is cardiovascular disease.

Diabetes and smoking

How does smoking as a diabetic increase my risk of heart disease?

Smoking and diabetes both increase the chances of heart disease. If you have diabetes, you should try to quit as soon as possible. The combination significantly increases the chances of suffering from a heart condition such as a heart attack or stroke.

Both high blood sugar level and smoking damage the walls of the arteries in such a way that fat deposits can build up much more easily. The blood vessels narrow and make the circulating blood much harder.

Neither is a good idea.

If this happens to the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood and oxygen), a heart attack can occur.

A stroke is also likely. This happens when not enough blood reaches the brain. What happens? Blood circulation is restricted and the risk of a stroke increases considerably.

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I am not a diabetic, but a smoker. Could smoking cause me to develop diabetes?

YES! Smoking also proves to be a significant factor in insulin resistance and thus in the development of diabetes.

In other words, the main reasons for the development of diabetes are:

  • genetic predisposition
  • obesity (overweight)
  • and smoking

How can I improve my chances of quitting smoking?

Diabetes is very difficult to cure. To prevent the disease from getting worse, a lot of changes are needed. Among other things, your diet and physical activity will have to be changed.

We want to support people to quit smoking. At the same time, we respect all smokers – after all, we were smokers ourselves and know how difficult it is after deciding to get away from vice.

Imagine a life in which you are healthy, have no excess weight and finally have the figure that corresponds to your dream ideas. How about going on a trip with your friends without gasping for breath?

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