What it is
How it Relates to Diabetes
Smoking has many bad health effects for everyone. For people with diabetes, who already have a host of health concerns, smoking intensifies the health risks they face, especially when it comes to the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Smoking raises blood pressure levels, whether you’re diabetic or not.
With 70% of diabetics already diagnosed with high blood pressure, smoking only makes it harder to control your diabetes. Smoking also constricts blood vessels. This can cause circulation problems in your feet and can contribute to a heart attack or stroke. If that wasn’t enough, nicotine also raises blood sugar levels. It is not yet known whether nicotine addiction causes diabetes, but research on this is currently underway.
The Quality Standard – How to Know You’re Okay
Not smoking is the key to this standard.
What You Can Do
Stop Smoking! There’s no way around it. Make a plan to quit – start by setting a quit date. Ask your family, friends and co-workers for support. There are medications out there that can help you, so get help from your doctor if you feel you want it. Keep trying even if you’re not successful the first time. Don’t give up – your health depends on it!
To Learn More
- Smoking and Tobacco Health Topic
- How to Quit Smoking and Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
- Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco
- Is It Ever Too Late?
For more information:
Go to the Quality Health Care and You – Diabetes health topic.