Archive for November 21st, 2013
Today is the Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society marks the yearly event, but there’s a health message for those living with diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control reports that smoking increases your chance of having type 2 diabetes. No matter what type of diabetes you have, smoking makes your diabetes harder to control.
If you have diabetes and you smoke, you are more likely to have diabetes complications including:
- Heart and kidney disease
- Poor blood flow in the legs and feet that can lead to foot infections, ulcers, and possible amputation
- Retinopathy (an eye disease that can cause blindness)
- Peripheral neuropathy (damaged nerves to the arms and legs that causes numbness, pain, weakness, and poor coordination)
The Great American Smokeout is on the third Thursday of November each year. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
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