Smoking can exacerbate the complications of diabetes.

Are you thinking of quitting smoking? Here’s another reason to stub out: people who smoke face a 30% to 40%[1] higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes than non-smokers.

This is because the nicotine in cigarettes causes blood glucose levels to increase, which in turn increases the risks of type 2 diabetes. The more we puff, the higher our risks.

Smoking + Diabetes = More Complications of Diabetes

Diabetes alone can lead to complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation if not properly managed.

When we add smoking to the mix, we face even higher risks of developing these complications.

For example, high blood glucose from unmanaged diabetes limits blood flow to important organs like the brain and heart. Smoking further adds to that effect, which means those organs get even less blood.

When the brain and heart don’t get enough blood, we’re more likely to get a stroke or a heart attack.

Stop Smoking: Give Up Those Cigarettes

Here’s the good news: we can do something to cut our risk of type 2 diabetes. Quitting smoking will lower our chances of developing this long-term disease.

And even if we do have diabetes, it’s not too late to quit. Stubbing out will make it easier to control our blood glucose levels and condition, which reduces our risks of serious complications like heart attacks.

Start Your Quit Smoking Journey

We know it can be intimidating to start the journey towards quitting smoking. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll guide you along your journey by giving you tips, information, and pointers on quitting — for example, what are the other benefits of quitting, which quit methods are suitable for you, and what are some ways to beat cravings.

The Best Things in Life Are Smoke-Free

Can’t wait to quit? Here’s a sneak peek of what you can look forward to! There are many physical and mental health benefits you’ll get to enjoy by stubbing out.

Quitting won’t just lower your risk of developing diabetes and the complications that could come with it. In general, your body will start to feel better too.

You’ll breathe easier and have more energy — no more huffing and puffing when you play with your nieces and nephews!

You’ll also enjoy food more as your sense of taste recovers. You can finally savour the lighter flavours of dishes like sliced fish bee hoon and yong tau foo.

And your wallet might be a little heavier too as you stop buying pricey cigarettes. More money to spend on your favourite gadgets and toys!

Resources for Quitting Smoking

Join the I Quit 28-Day Countdown now! Call QuitLine at 1800 438 2000 for support, and visit participating retail pharmacies for advice and products that can help you quit.

Download the HealthHub app on Google Play or Apple Store to access more health and wellness advice at your fingertips.

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  1. Smoking and Diabetes. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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