Does Smoking Cause Type 2 Diabetes? – Stop Smoking Right Now!

Does Smoking Cause Type 2 Diabetes? Tobacco is responsible for raising blood sugar levels and can lead to insulin resistance. The fact is that the more you smoke, the greater your risk of developing diabetes. And if you are a very heavy smoker (more than a pack a day), you double your risk of getting diabetes in comparison to someone who doesn’t smoke.

Why is Smoking Linked to Type 2 Diabetes?

I can thankfully admit that I don’t smoke. No, I didn’t quit. I just never started. Ok, I tried it when I was 16 and it did nothing for me. Does smoking cause type 2 diabetes? It sure can. One of the first tips on how to stop smoking is to never start. So obviously this is for anyone who has never smoked and is thinking of trying it.

So how would I know about smoking? It’s easy because everyone in my family smoked.  My dad used to tell me that I was the smart one on the family because I never smoked. Out of the five of us, my mom, dad, and brother passed away due to smoking and my sister still smokes! I don’t get it. I know. It’s an addiction. Nicotine is addicting.

Man smoking

I watched my mom and dad smoke Lucky Strikes! Yuck! They weren’t so lucky and I’m not trying to be funny either. My wife had a blockage in her arm from smoking and they had to do a bypass by taking a vein out of her right leg and putting it in her left arm.

Guess what? She stopped smoking. That was enough to finally make her stop smoking. It’s such a terrible habit and has no health benefits.

The Effects of Nicotine

There are unfortunately so many ways that nicotine affects your body. It will decrease your appetite and this is not a good way to lose weight. It will increase the activity of your intestines and also create  the production of more phlegm and saliva. Nicotine can cause diarrhea, sweating, and nausea too.

Nicotine is also responsible for making you more alert from your nervous system being stimulated and in addition it raises your mood level that brings you to a better feeling of happiness. So what makes smoking so addictive then?

It’s the pleasurable feelings together with the psychological dependency that makes it addictive. So the more that you smoke, the greater that your acceptance is to nicotine and the result is to get that feeling of being “high” from the smoking.

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Withdrawal Symptoms

Pack of cigarettes

Most smokers (about 80%) admit that experiencing the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are the sole reason for not quitting. The withdrawal symptoms begin as soon as a couple of hours of putting out the last cigarette. Let’s face it, it isn’t easy at all and I’m not a smoker.

I feel that it’s harder than dieting and that’s hard! Trust me! Maybe you’ve tried dieting too so you would know what it’s like. Sometimes I think smoking and dieting are controlled more by our emotions than anything else.

Some of the Most Common Withdrawal Symptoms are:

Second Hand Smoke

This concerns me as a non-smoker. I’ve been in places whether it’s a bingo hall, casino, or any other place where smoking is allowed. There’s almost nowhere that you can smoke indoors anymore and I know why. To me it’s utterly disgusting because it feels as if I’m in a giant ashtray.

Cigarettes to me are bad enough but pipes and cigars are even worse! I don’t want heart disease or lung cancer or any other disease especially related to secondhand smoke.

Since smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, some of which cause cancer, I as a non-smoker don’t want to inhale these same chemicals that a smoker is exhaling into the same air that I am breathing in. There are over 3,400 lung cancer deaths each year from secondhand smoke in the United States alone. And it’s worse for children. They shouldn’t be susceptible to their parents smoking or second hand smoking from anywhere else for that matter.

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So Where is this Most Common?

  • At home
  • In the workplace
  • Restaurants (not so much anymore)
  • Shopping malls
  • Driving in a car (the worst place)
  • Public transportation
  • Weddings
  • Celebrations such as birthday parties

E-Cigarettes

E cigarettes

They allow you to inhale nicotine without the smoke. While many people use these and try to quit, the jury is still out on whether they work or not according to health experts.

While they are very popular the use of e-cigarettes is controversial and the FDA does not regulate them. So there isn’t anything to suggest whether or not they are safe and a successful way of quitting smoking.

I’m not sure I would use e-cigarettes as an out for smoking. It would just seem as though I’m still smoking using these products. I feel I could do better with ways to quit that will be permanent and never have me wanting a cigarette product ever again!