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Diabetes and Smoking

If you have diabetes and smoke, you are at a high risk of developing heart disease.


High blood glucose levels put a strain on the small blood vessels and the peripheral nerves of the body. This increases the risk of eye problems, nerve damage in the feet, related foot care problems, sexual dysfunction in men (due to damage to the blood vessels in the penis) and kidney disease.

Smoking increases your risk due to the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke that attack the blood vessels, causing arteries to harden and making it difficult for blood to carry oxygen to the tissues. People with diabetes already have a higher risk of heart disease. People with diabetes who smoke are three times more likely to have a heart attack than people with diabetes who do not smoke. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and quitting smoking is extremely difficult. But quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes complications. To learn more about quitting smoking, read this article from the Canadian Diabetes Association and talk to your doctor, pharmacist and/or diabetes educator.