Thursday, November 15, 2018

Diabetes and Smoking

The risks inherent for diabetics are well documented.  Through no fault of there own, people with diabetes are at greater risk of blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy and vascular disease to name a few.  Unfortunately, they must endure a lifetime to adherence to blood sugar control and a healthy life style.  However, there are behaviors that people choose that directly increases the risks of diabetes.  Smoking is one preventable activity that preventable activity that puts diabetic patients at greater risk.
One of smoking's most notable risks is that nicotine constricts blood vessels and decreases circulation to various parts of the body-particularly the feet.  Lack of circulation and oxygen being carried on red blood cells causes tissue death.  This also affects wound healing and slows healing from surgical procedures.
For many reasons, diabetic patients should stop smoking.  For those that do quit, the benefits are immeasurable.  Although seldom easy, there are keys to quitting.  One must first be psychologically ready.  Those trying to quit need the support of family and friends.  Take advantage of medications to reduce the urge for nicotine.  Be patient with yourself and be willing to make changes to your routines and habits.  For more information, call;
American Lung Association 1-800 586-4877
American Cancer Society 1-800 227-2345
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 1-877 448-7848
New Jersey Quitline  866 657-8677

Good luck
Evan Kelner, DPM

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