Smoking has evolved from a mainstream habit to a symbol of rebellion. Long gone are the days when the sexy siren would ask the smooth gentleman to light her cigarette. We now associate smoking with lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. Most states ban smoking in buildings secondary to the risk of secondhand smoke. Smoking is clearly out of vogue.
Smoking is dangerous for the average person but this addictive habit is particularly damaging for someone dealing with diabetes. The Center for Disease reported smokers were 30% to 40% more likely to develop diabetes compared to nonsmokers. Also, blood sugar(glucose) raises 29% after smoking a cigarette making managing diabetes more challenging.
The typical complications for people with diabetes who smoke are heart disease, kidney disease, poor blood flow leading to amputations, eye disease(retinopathy) and nerve damage(neuropathy).
If you smoke and want to improve your blood sugar simply stop smoking. Of course nothing is as simple as it seems, especially addiction. Working with your doctor and joining a support group can help you kick the butts. You never know, giving up smoking may help you develop a new POSITIVE habit.
If you were formally a smoker and have tips to share on how to stop please comment below. Your comments may help others. As always you can fill out the form below to schedule an appointment with me. Take care and I know you can kick the butts.