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  1. Terry Keelan
    Terry Keelan July 14, 2013 at 7:24 am | | Reply

    I know he doesn’t want to hear it, but quitting smoking was the best thing I did for myself after I was diagnosed. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but easier than I thought it would be. (He’s fooling himself by calling it “fun”.) I recommend the on-line support group at

  2. Lin
    Lin July 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm | | Reply

    Smoking supposedly can also raise your blood sugars even up to the next day, I don’t know if you noticed that? Chain smoking has raised my friend’s BG above 300 multiple times. Another thing VERY important thing to consider: per ADA, via, 95% of diabetic lower limb amputations are of SMOKERS!!!!! (BTW I get tired of the smoking is bad for you line too, but wow, that means only 5% of non-smoking diabetics have to have an amputation…SLAM to those scare-tactic “if your not a perfect diabetic your leg will be cut off” ads/docs/etc or those “my grandma had diabeeetus and her leg was cut off” debbie downers

  3. Teri C. Branch
    Teri C. Branch July 20, 2013 at 12:46 am | | Reply

    Secondhand smoke contains many of the same harmful chemicals that people inhale when they smoke. Secondhand smoke can damage the hearts and blood vessels of people who don’t smoke in the same way that active smoking harms people who do smoke. Secondhand smoke greatly increases adults’ risk of heart attack and death.

  4. Ben Samstein
    Ben Samstein July 22, 2013 at 3:49 am | | Reply

    Smoking is much worse for diabetics than for people without diabetes. Diabetes causes microvascular disease-narrowing of the small blood vessels in organs. Microvascular disease is what causes retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, gastroparesis (stomach not emptying properly) and dementia. Smoking greatly accelerates the vascular damage specifically the macrovascular damage. Macrovascular narrowing injuries blood vessels that bring blood to the the microvessels. Diminished blood flow is the primary reason amputations are so much more frequent in diabetics who smoke than all other people.

    Diabetes and smoking dramatically increases stroke, heart disease and amputation risks. There is absolutely no safe cigarette or cigar-show me that study. The lower risk is tobacco chew or nicotine gum.

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