A Plan to Quit Smoking and Keep Your Diabetes Under Control

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Are you a smoker? Many studies show that smokers are more susceptible to develop type 2 diabetes than non-smokers or ex-smokers. There’s a correlating effect on dose: the more a person smokes, the higher risk there is to develop diabetes. Fortunately, the risk is reduced progressively when a person quits smoking.

Live a tobacco-free life! To stop smoking, make a plan following the next steps:

1. Identify Your Motivations

There are many reasons to cease smoking. These are some related to diabetes:

  • Better control of blood sugar
  • Better control of blood pressure
  • Better tolerance to effort

2. Make a Realistic Plan

Quitting smoking is probably one of the hardest things to do in your life. It is better to plan it:

  • Identify lifestyle changes that worked for you in the past.  What allowed you to reach it?
  • Set a date to quit smoking. Pick a moment when your life is relatively calm.
  • Define well the reasons why you want to quit.
  • Throw away anything related to tobacco: cigarettes, lighters, matches, etc.

3. Choose a Method to Help You

In smoking cessation, various methods have been tested. Pick at least two to increase your chances of success.

  • Join a support group
  • Make use of individual consultation
  • Resort to nicotine replacement therapy (gum, lozenge, inhalers, patches)
  • Resort to prescription drugs (bupropion, varenicline)

Take these tips into account to quit smoking and reduce your chance of developing diabetes. I did it, and I believe you can too!

Juan has worked in various fields of biology. His research history spans from studying DNA damage by pesticides, to the study of proteins to break down vegetable waste to potentially use it as an energy source. He likes camping, Mexican food, photography, and cats.