When you think of the risks of smoking, you may think of respiratory related issues such as emphysema or lung cancer. But did you know that smokers have a 30-40% higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes? And if you already have diabetes, smoking ups your odds for the development of many complications associated with the disease such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Poor circulation which can lead to nerve damage (neuropathy), poor wound healing, and possible amputations
- Retinopathy (an eye disease that can cause blindness)
If you are a smoker and have diabetes or are at risk, stopping will greatly improve your overall health almost instantly.
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