Smoking is one of those activities where there is absolutely no benefit and only negative consequences. Every disease or health problem can be alleviated to some degree just by quitting smoking.
Anyone suffering from diabetes and still smoking should definitely try to quit. One of the adverse effects of smoking is that it makes the body insensitive to insulin. As insulin resistance increases, blood sugar levels will go up.
Smokers also have an increased risk of getting glaucoma, cataracts and other eye problems. Since diabetes sufferers have a risk of getting diabetic retinopathy, smoking can increase the risks and hasten the process, which eventually can lead to blindness.
Several forms of cancer and even heart disease have been linked to smoking. Things have reached a stage where everyone knows that smoking is harmful to their health, but some still turn a blind eye to it. Diabetics also have an increased risk of getting respiratory diseases.
After quitting smoking, the carbon monoxide level in the body will drop and oxygen levels will increase. Risk of having a heart attack will go down and lung capacity will increase. Lungs will function optimally and reduce the risk of getting cancer by half. Overall stamina will improve, as well, and blood circulation will be more efficient. Quality blood circulation will also prevent neuropathy.
Smoking also leads to inflammation within the body. Inflammation when combined with diabetes can lead to a whole host of other problems. Chronic inflammation is the equivalent of a persistent low-grade infection. The body’s immune cells are active when they shouldn’t be, and over time that can damage the heart, trigger strokes, and cause insulin resistance. Chronic inflammation also is linked to other complications, such as damage to nerves and kidneys.
Initially, when smoking is reduced, it is common to gain weight. This is usually due to food cravings that arise to compensate for the nicotine. Giving in to the food cravings means consuming more calories than are burned resulting in gain weight. Closely monitor food intake as smoking decreases. If hungry, choose healthy food to satisfy hunger and avoid excess weight gain.
Smokers who are used to having high blood glucose levels will feel more lethargic and listless because their blood glucose drops when they quit smoking. This is a temporary condition and blood sugar levels will stabilize in a few weeks.
It may seem an uphill task to quit smoking when the body is fighting against it, but this is a battle that must be won. It’s literally a fight for a life. Continuing to smoke increases the chance diabetes may spiral out of control leading to complications. It may seem unpleasant at first, but believe the body is working to reach a healthy balance. Before long, most people end up wondering why they didn’t decide to quit smoking sooner.
When making the decision to quit smoking, it’s best to speak to a doctor first to see how to go about it. Some people manage well by going cold turkey while others need to taper their addiction by using nicotine patches or e-cigarettes to wean themselves off the habit.
There are many helpful ‘quit smoking’ programs online that are very effective if followed. What really matters is being proactive and dedicated to quitting smoking, after all, the diabetes condition does not need agitated.
One should treat their body like a temple. The best time to quit smoking was the first day; the second-best time to quit is today