Smoking Dangers & Sugar Consumption
The Dangers of Smoking with Diabetes
“Quit IT Before You Get IT”
Diabetes is not always a choice, but smoking always is. Smoking is one of the most modifiable risk factors for many chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are a smoker, you are 30-40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes as compared to those who do not smoke. If you currently have diabetes and are a smoker, you will have harder time with your insulin dosing and controlling your diabetes.
Risks and Complications of Smoking with Diabetes (CDC):
- Poor blood flow in legs and feet (can lead to infections, ulcers and amputation of toes or feet)
- Damaged nerves to the arms and legs
- Retinopathy (an eye disease that can cause blindness)
- Heart and kidney health
Limit the Sugar
A diet high in calories from any source (including sugar) contributes to weight gain and weight gain increases your risk for type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that drinking sugary drinks frequently is linked to type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people avoid/limit drinking sugar-sweetened beverages to help prevent type 2 diabetes. Sugary drinks raise your blood sugar. Just one 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate. This is the same amount of carbohydrates in 10 teaspoons of sugar!