Diabetes & Smoking: A Dangerous Duo
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Diabetes & Smoking: A Dangerous Duo

August 31, 2019

(upbeat xylophone music) – I’m Joan Lunden. Type 2 diabetes has struck way too many families in this country, including mine. I remember all too well when my brother was in his mid-20s. He was overweight, never exercised, and he was a smoker. I don’t think it ever
even occurred to him that that was a deadly combination. Looking back, he most
certainly had prediabetes long before he ever got diagnosed with full-blown type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, like most
people, he knew nothing about prediabetes and therefore he never made any lifestyle
changes to lower his risk. Consequently, the disease really took over his life and stole his potential, and eventually my brother died of the complications of the
disease in his mid-50s. Joining me now to discuss smoking and diabetes is Dr. Ann Albright, Director of the CDCs Division of
Diabetes Translation. Why are smokers more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers? – Well, the chemicals in tobacco cause what we call inflammation
or an oxidative damage. Bottom line is it damages
your cells, and the damaged cells will be contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes. – So what happens when someone who’s been diagnosed with diabetes
continues to smoke? – When you have diabetes you already have damage going on to your blood vessels as a result of blood glucose
control and other things. And when you add tobacco onto that, it really does harm those precious vessels that are already under stress. So it really is important
that you don’t smoke. – And we all know it’s
not easy for everyone to quit smoking, but I’m still gonna give you the last word on this one. – No question, don’t give up. It’s worth trying. It takes multiple
attempts to stop smoking, so don’t give up. And you can get help by
calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW. – Thank you, Ann. – And if you want to learn more about the dangers of smoking and diabetes, log on to cdc.gov/diabetestv. We’ll see you next time. I’m Joan Lunden. (upbeat xylophone music) – [Narrator] Sponsored
by NACDD with support from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. Visit cdc.gov/diabetestv.

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  1. I have type 2 diabetes, managed it without any medication (diet and exercise) for 8 yesrs..was always about 6.0 A1C every 3 months and always felt great….quit smoking and my blood sugar skyrocketed. I developed really bad GI track issues which my worthless doctor failed to connect to the disease. 3 months later and 3 visits and pounding my fists on a table and raising voice to convince him diabetes was causing my symptoms I had to start taking metformin. Beware of this if you have diabetes, are in your 50's / 60''s and quit smoking.

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