Smoking and diabetes is a deadly combination. It is the most addictive of habits once started, and the biggest cause of death. Many cancers arise from smoking such as lung, mouth, and even pancreatic cancers.
When a person has diabetes though, many more health problems can arise very easily. Here are some things that can happen to the diabetic person:
Blood flow problems Diabetes causes blood flow problems many times anyway. But with the use of cigarettes, the blood flow will be cut down even more.
Sexual problems Diabetes often causes erectile dysfunction in men, but cigarettes most definitely will compound this problem along with other sexual problems.
High Cholesterol Diabetes, especially in type 2, can cause abnormal levels of high bad (LDL, cholesterol as well as artherosclerosis, which is a hardening of the arteries. This is another problem with smoking and diabetes.
Heart Disease which is common with a diabetic person many times. Smoking will surely promote this problem even moreso.
Oxygen Cigarettes harm the amount of oxygen you have that gets into your tissues. These can lead to heart attacks, strokes, miscarriages, and babies born dead.
Respiratory problems are more common when using cigarettes. Since it is irritating to the lungs, colds and upper respiratory infections happen much quicker.
Joint problems are promoted when you smoke, and especially with diabetes. Diabetes can cause a number of bone problems as pointed out within this site many times. Smoking compounds these problems and causes limited mobility all the more.
Hypertension is a common problem when a person smokes. The nicotine in cigarettes automatically raise the blood pressure. Diabetes makes a person at risk for hypertension anyway, but by smoking, this is a hypertension invitation for sure.
Glucose levels are raised by cigarettes. Nicotine has a way of doing this especially with someone who is already diabetic. This makes your diabetic situation hard to manage every day.
Heart attacks are compounded when you add smoking and diabetes to the mix. This is a sure way to introduce heart disease to your body which is already trying to normalize blood sugars.
Smoking is hard to quit since the nicotine is very very addictive to a person. In quitting smoking, there are withdraw symptoms such as restlessness, dizziness, headaches, sweating, and having diarrhea. But by hanging in there, these things will go away over a period of time once the body is no longer used to having nicotine addiction.
The video below has many tips and ideas for stopping smoking. By gradually cutting down, and stopping entirely, you will add many more years to your life, and have better diabetes control.
Here is another website which not only gives thoughts and opinions about bones, but also advises on quitting smoking as well. The site is that of a chiropractor at
this link here.
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