Everyone is aware of the health risks associated with smoking when it comes to cancer and cardiovascular disease, but not everyone would immediately connect smoking with diabetes, or consider the consequences of continuing to smoke after developing the condition. 

If you are worried about developing diabetes, or you have already been diagnosed with the condition, there are a number of smoking-related facts you should take into account when planning how to live your life and improve your health and well-being.

Type 2 diabetes is usually associated with issues of diet, exercise, and body weight, but it is not only these factors that should be considered when developing a strategy to prevent Type 2 diabetes, or treat the condition once it has developed. In fact, more and more research is showing that smoking can be directly linked to the development of Type 2 diabetes; theories include identifying smoking as a possible risk factor in insulin resistance and as causing a deterioration to glucose metabolism. There has also been a suggestion that smoking poses a risk of pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis, damaging the organ that produces insulin in the body. ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) did a review of 25 studies, the results of which estimated that 12% of all Type 2 diabetes cases in the US could be attributed to smoking, a proportion that is just as likely to be true in the UK.

There are a number of ways that cigarettes can worsen or contribute to the side effects of both types of diabetes. In fact, the risk of complications increases 14 times when someone both smokes and has diabetes at the same time. For example, one of the problems associated with the condition is an increased risk of heart disease, which itself will be aggravated by continuing to smoke. There is an increased risk of kidney disease as well as neuropathy (damage to the peripheral nervous system) in individuals with either type of diabetes who also smoke. And although not as thoroughly studied, there is some suggestion that smoking with diabetes could contribute to disorders of the retina.

If you already have diabetes and are a smoker, stopping today would immediately contribute to better health. Within 11 years your risk of heart disease, as well as cardiovascular and cancer mortality, would lower back to the same level as that of a non-smoking diabetic. Furthermore, quitting smoking helps you to live a healthier life, making exercise easier as the lungs and heart grow healthier and stronger. With an improved cardiovascular system exercising becomes more comfortable and easier to practice on a regular basis, leading to a more stable weight and less likelihood of diabetes-related complications.

If you are worried about the health implications of smoking with diabetes, and would like to stop smoking, one of the most effective ways to overcome the habit is using stop smoking hypnotherapy. At the Harley Street Stop Smoking Clinic we use advanced hypnosis techniques to work on a subconscious level to tackle the causes of your smoking habit. Our hypnotherapists work with you to provide a tailored and powerful hypnosis session that boosts your willpower and helps you succeed in your goal of becoming a happier and healthier you.