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We all know smoking can lead to a future direct cause of cancer >> but did you know that if you have diabetes smoking can be a disaster. You need to be doubly cautious because it is no longer just a question of Do YOU smoke? You also must be cautious about the environments you live and work in if that other people around you smoke in that environment! Diabetes could lead to other even more serious health problems… So, are you already a diabetic? Please read the rest of this article.

Here are 7 reasons why mixing diabetes with smoking is a very bad idea:

1) You are more likely to get nerve damage (neuropathy). This is because smoking affects your blood circulation and that in turn means your nerve endings are not getting the nutrients they need. If this happens to the nerves in your feet it could lead to sores and infections and, if not taken care of properly, even amputation.

2) There is an increased risk – double in fact -of you getting limited mobility in your joints. It’s no fun trying to bend, climb stairs or lifting something when you have a painful joint trying to pop out of place.

3) Because of smoking you could develop kidney disease.

4) When you smoke your blood pressure hazards increase. Increased blood pressure creates a very real risk of heart disease.

5) Research has shown that diabetics who smoke increase, 3-fold, the risk of dying of heart disease. (cardiovascular)

6) By smoking you increase your blood-sugar levels. This makes it more difficult to control your diabetes because your glucose levels could be fluctuating quite dramatically. This, in turn, leads to other tragic problems.

7) And it also increases your cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of a heart attack.

In fact smoking – and passive smoking – have a seriously detrimental effect on the ABC’s of diabetes management:

<b>A</b>1C – the measurement of your blood glucose over a 3-month period
<b>B</b> – your blood pressure, which should be below 130/80
<b>C</b> – your cholesterol levels. Cholesterol levels include LDL, HDL and triglycerides. Your LDL should be below 100. HDL levels should be above 40 (for men) and above 50 (for women). Tryglycerides should be below 150.

And, of course, Now even those doctors who once swore in front of national television cameras that smoking was good for you know better. They are now staunch advocates warning about the danger of smoking. Also I, personally warn you about the proven risk of cancer that can leave you with a hideous Halloween mask for a face every day in the year! One of my best friends committed suicide. Another friend had almost half of one side of his jaw bone removed and a hole led through where it had once been and down through his throat. He was still smoking, through a wretched hole where his mouth used to be.

One of the hardest things I ever had to do was to quit smoking! But it is worth doing and you will be a hero if you can quit. You will soon feel cleaner inside, but good luck with cleaning the inside of your home; another one of my friends long gone now, had to paint his walls with three layers of Kilz before it would stick. Yellow nicotine kept seeping through and running down to the floor.

He tried to quit smoking but he could not quit because he had waited too long to quit. Don’t wait too long to quit!

Give your kids plenty of time to quit without leaving the air at home.

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