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Study Warns that Diabetics Who Smoke Are At A Much Higher Risk For Other health Problems, Including Heart Disease



A fascinating new study says that diabetics who smoke might benefit far greater from quitting smoking than a smoker who is otherwise healthy. The study says that diabetics who smoke have been shown to be at a higher risk for heart disease and other cardiovascular complications.
In fact, the study authors say: “Active smoking is associated with significantly increased risks of total mortality and cardiovascular events among diabetic patients, while smoking cessation was associated with reduced risks compared to current smoking. The findings provide strong evidence for the recommendation of quitting smoking among diabetic patients.”
But it might not be that smoking is necessarily worse for smokers than it is for otherwise healthy adults.
For example, UCSD chief of the division of global health, Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, comments that part of the problem might have something to do with the care diabetes patients get.

In an e-mail, Al-Delaimy told Reuters: “The physician caring for the diabetes patient might be focusing on cardiovascular risk factors or diabetes complications and diet and weight control while neglecting smoking as another important risk factor.”
Indeed, a diabetic generally has far more immediate health concerns than the habit of smoking, particularly if they are not showing any symptoms of complications. But a person without diabetes who is a smoker might simply get advice from their doctor to quit smoking to improve health.
Al-Delaimy also notes, “If you are a patient suffering from diabetes and smoking cigarettes, or if you know a family member, friend or anyone else who is diabetic and smoking, there is still opportunity to substantially decrease further complications and suffering or even early death by quitting smoking.”