Understanding the impact of alcohol and smoking on diabetes.
This topic is beaten to death by every medical professional, every medical textbook, and medical journal, yet its still critical to be reminded that both smoking and alcohol consumption can significantly impact diabetes, making it essential for people with the condition to be aware of the risks and take steps to minimize their use.
Here is some information about the impact of smoking and alcohol on diabetes:
The risk of diabetes is increased in Smokers, making it harder to manage the condition if you already have it. Smoking can contribute to insulin resistance and increase blood sugar levels. Thus, it makes it more difficult to control diabetes. Diabetes is a multi-systemic disease. Smoking increases the risk of diabetes-related complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and vision problems. Quitting smoking can help manage diabetes and reduce the risk of these complications.
Minimal alcohol intake is considered to be generally safe by some experts. Still, others are totally against alcohol intake for people with diabetes. However, unanimously, all experts agree that excessive alcohol consumption can cause several problems. Alcohol can interfere with diabetes medications and insulin, making it challenging to manage blood sugar levels. It can also contribute to weight gain, making diabetes harder to control. Heavy alcohol consumption can cause nerve damage and liver disease and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are already more common in people with #diabetes. It is important to limit alcohol consumption to a minimal level, and it's in your best interest if you stop drinking.
Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can significantly impact diabetes and increase the risk of complications. Quitting smoking and alcohol consumption can help manage diabetes and reduce the risk of these complications. Talk to your #healthcare professional about personalized recommendations for managing diabetes and reducing the impact of #smoking and #alcohol on your health.
Dr. Deepak Chaturvedi, M.D., Medicine
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