Here are 7 reasons why mixing diabetes with smoking is a very bad idea:
1) Diabetic patients are more likely to get nerve damage (neuropathy). This is because smoking affects blood circulation and that, in turn, affects the nutrient supply to the nerve endings. If this happens to the nerves in the feet, it could lead to sores and infections and, if not taken care of, may lead to an amputation.
2) There is an increased risk - double in fact - of getting limited mobility in your joints. It's no fun trying to bend, climb stairs or lift something when you have a painful joint.
3) Because of smoking you could develop kidney disease.
4) When you smoke your blood pressure increases. Increased blood pressure creates an increased risk of heart disease.
5) Research has shown that diabetics who smoke, have a 3-fold higher risk of dying of heart (cardiovascular) disease.
6) Smoking can lead to increased fluctuations in blood glucose levels, thereby making it extremely tough to control your Diabetes.
7) Smoking can also dramatically alter cholesterol levels in your body, which further increases the risk of a heart attack.
In fact, smoking and passive smoking, both have a seriously detrimental effects on the ABC's of diabetes management. And, of course, on top of all that, there's the proven risk of cancer!
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