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. If you’re a diabetes sufferer and you smoke, you should definitely try to quit. One of the adverse effects of smoking is that it makes you insulin insensitive. Your body becomes more resistant to insulin and your 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 actually increase the risks and hasten the process… which can eventually lead to blindness. Several cancers and even heart disease have been linked to smoking. Things have reached a stage where everyone knows that smoking is deleterious to one’s health, but they turn a blind eye to it. Diabetics however, cannot afford to do this because of the increased risk of getting respiratory diseases.
When you quit smoking, the carbon monoxide level in your body will drop and oxygen levels will increase. Your risks of getting heart attacks will go down and your lung capacity will increase. Your stamina will improve, and your blood circulation will be better. Your lungs will function optimally and your risk of getting cancer will be reduced by half. Improved 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. By now, you should realize just how dangerous smoking can be.
Initially, when you quit smoking, you might find that you gain weight. This is usually due to food cravings that arise to compensate for the nicotine. If you give in to the food cravings, you’ll consume more calories than you expend and gain weight. So, you should closely monitor your food intake. 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 your blood sugar levels will stabilize in a few weeks. It may seem an uphill task to quit smoking when your body is fighting you, but this is a battle you must win. You’re literally fighting for your life. If you carry on smoking, your diabetes may spiral out of control and lead to complications.
When you decide to quit smoking, it’s best to speak to your doctor first to see how you should 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 until they wean themselves off the habit.
Which way you decide to go is up to you. There are many helpful ‘quit smoking’ programs online that are very effective if you follow them. What really matters is that you quit so that your diabetes condition is not aggravated. One should treat their body like a temple. You can’t do that if you’re puffing away and dumping toxins into it several times a day. The best time to quit smoking was the day you started; the second-best time to quit is today.