Smoking is a health hazard for anyone.
Researchers have long known that people with diabetes who smoke have higher blood glucose levels and higher risk of heart and kidney disease.
Smoking affects circulation by increasing heart rate and blood pressure and by making small blood vessels narrower. Smoking also makes blood cells and blood vessel walls sticky, and allows dangerous fatty material to build up. This can lead to heart attack, stroke and other blood vessel disease.
For health -
- Stop smoking.
- Different people quit smoking in different ways. There are a range of supports and strategies to help you stop. Find one that you think will work for you.
- Most people who have successfully stopped smoking take two or three serious attempts at stopping before they succeed.
- If you start smoking again after you have stopped, look on it as a valuable learning experience for next time. Be proud of yourself for trying and start getting ready for next time.
www.quit.org.nz for information and help to quit smoking