5 Facts about Smoking and Diabetes Type 2

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

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Dr. Howell

45 million people in the US, which constitutes 20% of the population, smoke. Despite the numerous studies revealing the harmful effects of smoking, many are still hooked into the habit. Much has been said about smoking and lung cancer, smoking and heart disease, and so on. If you have normal lungs and a seemingly healthy heart, it doesn’t mean you’re completely safe and should carry on with smoking. If you have symptoms of diabetes type 2 or is at risk of it, you should stop smoking today. Why? Read on.

What is Diabetes Type 2?


Diabetes Miletus, commonly called diabetes refers to a group of metabolic disease affecting the blood sugar levels. Diabetes type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90-95 percent of those who have diabetes. In the US, it is estimated that 22 million people have it. In this particular condition, the pancreas produces insulin. However, it’s either not enough to supply the body’s needs or the body couldn’t utilize or absorb the insulin properly. The glucose, which is supposed to be absorbed by the body, is stuck in the blood, causing an elevation of the blood sugar level. As a result, the cells aren’t able to function properly.

Below are the 5 Facts about Smoking and Diabetes Type 2

  1. In a study by the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, researchers found that people who smoker are at risk of developing diabetes type 2 by 44 percent. The rate still increases as the smoker consumed more cigarettes per day.
  2. In the report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it was revealed that people who smoke at least one pack of cigarettes a day are at risk of developing diabetes by 61%.
  3. Smokers who already have diabetes are at risk of suffering severe symptoms including nerve damage, kidney disease, cardiovascular problem, and more.
  4. Diabetic smokers find it hard to manage their blood sugar levels. This is because smoking causes their blood sugar to rise.
  5. Women who smoke are more at risk of developing diabetes because tobacco affects their endocrine system, reducing the amount of estrogen (female hormone) produced by the body.

What happens if you quit smoking today?

If you don’t have diabetes type 2, you basically reduce the possibility of developing the disease. It is to be noted though that there are many other risk factors for diabetes. These include genes, family history, and weight. If you have diabetes type 2 and you stop smoking today, experience an immediate relief from some of the symptoms of the disease. This is because you become more in control of your blood sugar levels. By quitting smoking now, you could prevent potential complications mentioned on this article from happening to you. There’s no cure for diabetes but it could be managed to the extent that you won’t feel like you have it at all.

Seeking medical advice on the best smoking cessation treatment is necessary for smokers who have diabetes type 2. It’s because there are some quit smoking drugs that may aggravate their condition.




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