Hello everyone. Today we discuss yet another important topic: Does smoking affect Diabetes? Before we discuss any further I want to say this, cigarette smoking is bad for everyone, whether you have diabetes or not, but it is even more risky if you are living with diabetes. It increases your risks of having diabetes related complications and many other health problems.
The culprit is the nicotine in the cigarette. It causes your blood vessels to be hard and narrow. As a result, there is less blood flow to the organs of your body. Smoking also affects your lungs and increases your risk of getting cancer. It does raise your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Because uncontrolled diabetes also affects your blood vessels, risk becomes higher when you are a smoker.
Smoking causes many avoidable deaths worldwide. In fact, in many countries, it is the leading preventable cause of diseases and deaths. If you are not a smoker yet, there is absolutely no reason to start smoking, but if you are already as smoker, then you need to quit now for your health reasons. It does not matter how long or how much you have been smoking, quitting always has positive health benefits.
Diabetes and smoking: the relationship
Smoking in itself is an independent risk factor for type-2 diabetes. Smokers are more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than non-smokers. The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher the risk of you developing diabetes.
Smoking also makes it difficult to control diabetes, be it type-1 or type-2. If you have type-1 diabetes you might need more insulin to regulate your blood sugar levels if you smoke. The chemicals in the cigarette interfere with the normal function of the body decreasing the effectiveness of insulin.
Smoking also puts you at a greater risk of developing diabetes related complications. These complications a serious and include heart and kidney disease, foot complications, peripheral neuropathy, retinopathy (eye disease), and many more.
Smoking has been associated with an increased risk of having belly fat (trunkal obesity). Belly fat is itself an independent risk factor for diabetes. When you have belly fat, you are more likely to having insulin resistance, which usually leads to glucose intolerance and type-2 diabetes.
If you have diabetes and are a smoker you have to quit today, in order to avoid complications associated with diabetes and smoking, and for better control of your blood sugar levels.
Reduce your risk of diabetes today
If you have diabetes and also smoke, it is not too late to quit. Mind you there is no safe level of tobacco. Even if you smoke just one cigarette per day, it still puts you are risk of a lot of health related problems. It also helps you better manage your diabetes.
Quitting may be difficult, but it is indeed possible. The earlier you quit, the greater the benefit there is to your health.
Quitting is never easy
There are absolutely no health benefits for smoking. That is why every smoker should be encouraged to stop smoking. If you quit now, your risks of getting diseases like heart attack reduces over time. If you have diabetes, quitting will also prevent you from getting diabetes related complications sooner.
However, it is important to note that quitting is never easy. This is because the nicotine in the cigarette is an addictive drug. When you smoke over time your body becomes used to having nicotine and complains when you stop smoking. You may experience withdrawal symptoms or intense cravings. That being said, you still need to quit smoking.
How do I quit smoking?
Quitting smoking is not an easy process and it takes determination and support to achieve it. The following steps will surely help you reach your goal of quitting smoking
Acknowledge the importance of quitting
There are just too many health benefits when you stop smoking. These range from your individual benefits to benefiting people around you (second hand smoke).
Make a list of all the reasons why you want to quit smoking
Everyone has their own reasons to quit smoking. It might be for medical reasons, for social or financial reasons or just to protect your family from second hand smoke. Write your own list down and put it where you are able to see it everyday
Make a decision to quit smoking
This is the most important step. You might have tried to stop smoking previously and failed. However, this should not discourage you. Look back at what could have transpired that made you fail and learn from that lesson. When you decide to stop smoking, do not make any room for failure.
Set a date to quit smoking
Set a date to quit smoking and stick to it. When you set a date to quit, it is important to inform all your friends and family your intentions and your set date. It may also be beneficial to inform your co-workers as well about your intentions. Quitting is not easy and you need all the support and encouragement from your significant others. You might also want to look for a person who also wants to quit smoking so that you walk in this path together and encourage each other during tough times.
Throw away cigarettes and other related products from your home, your car and your office
Remove your cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays and throw them away. Freshen up anything that smells like smokes in your home, car or office and wash all your clothes.
Anticipate the challenges that you might encounter and plan on how to overcome them
There are so many challenges faced by people you quit smoking. It is very crucial to plan ahead on how to overcome these challenges. Some meals or drinks may trigger your cigarette cravings and it is important to identify these and simple change them. Some people minimize cravings by doing routine exercises, so having a routine exercise schedule can be very beneficial when quitting smoking.
Make friends with non-smokers
If all your friends are smokers, it might be a good idea to make friends with those people who are non-smokers. When you see people smoking, do not hang around them, rather go and look for something positive to do.
Discuss with you doctor about you plan to quit
Your doctor will help with support and may also prescribe medication that may help with withdrawal symptoms. You are more likely to quit smoking with the help of an expert than when you are alone.
Medication that can assist in quitting
Some people do decide to quit without medication and are successful if they are so determined to. However, medication does increase your chances of being successful about 3-4 times. There are some nicotine replacement products that are sold over the counter and there are those that need a doctor’s prescription to start. Always discuss with your doctor before starting any product.
Habitrol Nicotine Transdermal System Patch
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This patch helps you reduce some nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness and many more.
It is an 8-week step down program that comes in three decreasing nicotine levels. The steps help you gradually reduce your nicotine dependency and improve your chances of being able to quit smoking. The nicotine patches will replace the nicotine that your body is used gradually decreasing the dose of nicotine over the course of the program. It helps you concentrate on the psychological aspect of quitting by helping you reduce the physical nicotine withdrawal symptoms. It also eliminates the cancer-causing chemicals that are smoked with the cigarette.
One patch is used per day. When applied, the patch gradually releases nicotine through your skin over a period of 24hours.
The package includes Behavior Support Program with self-help guide.
Lozenges are a potential quick-fix to cravings for nicotine. They may satisfy the need to keep your mouth busy so that you are not tempted to smoke.
Nicorette 2mg Nicotine Lozenges
The lozenges are used to alleviate withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. They provide long-lasting nicotine craving relief. These stop smoking aids with a smooth, non-chalky coated outer shell and an icy mint flavor, taste amazing and dissolve quickly to bring you relief that keeps working after the lozenge is gone
The product comes in a portable and discreet dispenser that allows you to control your intake throughout the day.
Nicorette Nicotine Gum
This gum allows you to enjoy the bold and refreshing taste as you gradually kick your smoking habit. It releases a small therapeutic dose of nicotine, which allows you to manage your daily nicotine intake while soothing cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting.
The ice mint nicotine gum is a great nicotine replacement therapy if you smoke your first cigarette more than 30 minutes after you wake up.
Nicotine-Free Smoke-Free Oxygen Inhaler
QuitGo is the Only Smoke-Free Inhaler with a soft tip chew able mouth grip that provides oral fixation relief. This product will help you cope with those cravings and other quit smoking symptoms so you can overcome the urge to smoke naturally, without any nicotine, addictive harmful chemicals. You can puff on it, bite on it, flick it or chew on it anytime you get an urge or a craving to smoke.
The inhaler is also perfect to use for relieving stress or anxiety. QuitGo inhalers feel and look like a real cigarette with a soft top filter to help cope with the psychological and physical hand-to-mouth addiction which most smokers find difficult to overcome when quitting. It will help you curb cravings when you first stop smoking, and keep them away even after you’ve already quit so you don’t ever fall back or start to smoke again.
The QuitGo inhaler can be used by itself but is recommended to use together with an additional quit smoking product for most effective results.
Stop Smoking Today
Always remember that smoking is bad for your health. There is indeed nothing good that comes out of smoking. So if you are smoking and also having diabetes, you need to stop right aware. It does not matter how long you have been smoking, quitting has significant benefits to your health. Nicotine replacement therapy is a good place to start when you have made a decision to stop smoking. Always discuss with your doctor about your options before starting any.