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Smoking and Diabetes

Smoking tobacco poses many health risks that can eventually lead to death. Studies have shown that smokers have a 30% to 40% higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes than non smokers. Researchers have found that smoking tobacco harms the body’s cells and interferes with the cells normal functions. This interference causes the body to become inflamed, which decreases the amount of insulin. Chemicals that meet with oxygen in the body also cause damage to the cells, this damage is called oxidative stress. The combination of oxidative stress alongside the decrease in insulin may lead to type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that your body’s blood sugar levels begin to regulate in just 8 weeks of quitting smoking.


  • Smoking can lead to type 2 diabetes
  • Untreated diabetes can lead to kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, and blood vessel and nerve damage in severe cases.
  • Smokers are at greater risk of complications of type 2 diabetes


It’s crucial to think of your health and consider the many reasons to quit smoking. If you or someone you know are struggling with tobacco addiction don’t hesitate to ask your health care provider about cessation programs. By quitting smoking you can lower your risk of serious disease and death, and live a healthy life.



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