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Smokers are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than non-smokers. And the more cigarettes you smoke, the more you increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. To reduce the risk, quit smoking.
This is because nicotine weakens insulin action and leads to insulin resistance.
When cells become resistant to insulin, they are unable to move glucose from the blood into the cells. The result is a rise in blood glucose levels (also referred to as blood sugar levels). Smoking has also been shown to increase the amount of abdominal (belly) fat which is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes.
Related: Smoking: The Puff to Diabetes
If you have diabetes and you smoke, you are at extra high risk for serious complications such as:
Here are some reasons why diabetes and smoking are a dangerous mix:
Related: Questions on Smoking, Tobacco Use and Health
The good news is you can do something to prevent Type 2 diabetes. Explore different ways to
quit smoking and find one that works for you. If you have ever tried to quit and failed, do not be discouraged. For many smokers, it may take multiple attempts before being successful.
Quitting smoking will
benefit your health right away. People with diabetes who quit smoking find it easier to control their blood glucose and lose weight. They also require less medication.
If you do not smoke, don’t start. If you smoke, now is the time to commit to a change.
I Quit Programme now! Call QuitLine at 1800 438 2000 to talk to our trained Quit Consultants, or visit
participating retail pharmacies to speak to an on-duty pharmacist.
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