Smoking can lead to diabetes and heart disease

So far smoking was associated with cancer risks only. But it can cause various fatal diseases like type2 diabetes (NIDDM).

A recent study by the American Diabetes Association, has revealed that smoking can be a major reason to type 2 diabetes. It is the lead cause to nearly half of the heart diseases. The ADA’s president of Health Care & Education Dr. Ann L. Albright, stressed, to quit smoking immediately. She added,

“The day you quit should be during a time that you expect your life to be fairly calm so that stress won’t tempt you to smoke and withdrawal symptoms won’t significantly interfere with your life.”

They have suggested some tips:
Get Help. Quitting cold turkey works for some. But more succeed by blunting the discomfort of withdrawal. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can help. Options include the nicotine patch, gum, lozenges, inhaler or nasal spray.

Get Support. When you’re fighting the urge to smoke, don’t go it alone. To speak with a counselor, call the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) or the National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quitline at 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848).

Stay Strong. The urge to smoke lasts about four minutes. Do what you can to wait it out. Many people go back to smoking in their first week without cigarettes. Stay strong, day by day, until you’re smoke-free for a full seven days.

Keep Going. Visit www.smokefree.gov to learn more about what it takes to quit smoking for good.
Also the interested people are requested to call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383), e-mail AskADA@diabetes.org or visit www.CheckUpAmerica.org. You can also learn more at cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking.

Source: Carolina Coast

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