Diabetes is something most people will have heard of, but what most people don't know is how it is related to smoking.

​Diabetes alone is dangerous, add smoking and it's lethal. For instance, even if you have diabetes it is very unlikely for a person to have a leg amputated due to blocked blood vessels, unlikely that is unless they smoke...

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There are two things we must establish first before we start. First, that SMOKING IS BAD!!! In fact, smoking is accountable for 500 000 deaths annually in the United States.

Second, that Diabetes is a lot more than just a sugar problem. It effects your eyes, your balance, your feet, your kidneys and your overall health and well being. Diabetes deeply effects your heart and makes you vulnerable to diseases and infections. Many Doctors with diabetic patients try to discourage them from smoking as much as possible or encourage those who do smoke to quit, but this often proves to be difficult as some patients think that the Doctors are interfering in their private lives.


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is when your body fails to control its blood and glucose levels on it's own and so needs the support of injections, medicine and pace machines among other things to work properly.

Diabetes type 1 is something you are either born with or are diagnosed with at an early age unlike Diabetes type 2 which you generally develop far later in life, usually in your mid 40's, simply by eating too many of the wrong kinds of foods and not doing enough exercise.


How does Smoking cause Diabetes Type 2?

Smoking causes Diabetes Type 2 simply by initiating the same problem as those with Diabetes type 2. AKA smoking raises blood glucose levels so for those suffering from high sugar levels (as is common is type 2 Diabetics) your blood glucose levels will be near impossible to control.

To read about the consequences for Diabetics who smoke, or smokers who as a result develop diabetes, scroll down to The Risks.

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How is Diabetes related to Smoking?


As said in How does smoking cause Diabetes type 2, Diabetics have a hard time controlling their blood and glucose levels. Smoking raises those blood glucose levels making an already struggling insulin almost impossible to work properly.
It is far harder for these people to control their diabetes. Diabetics who smoke are 3 times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease and far more likely to have a heart attack.

To hear stories about people who have suffered from diabetes and have become smokers,
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The Risk:

People with diabetes who also smoke are at high risk of:


· Life-threatening kidney diseases
· Strokes
· Poor circulation in legs and feet
· Bad eye sight
· Reduced movement and flexibility in joints
· Developing gum disease
· Losing their teeth
And perhaps most importantly, premature death.

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To read about more effects diabetes and smoking will have on your body, click on this link: Info on Diabetes

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"Every Cigarette is doing you damage"


For more in formation on Smoking and Diabetes, view these websites:

- http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/d/diabetes/intro.htm http://www.emedicinehealth.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=16695http://smoking.ygoy.com/smoking-and-diabetes/ http://www.quit.org.au/article.asp?ContentID=6587