Diabetes Increases Risk Of Early Death For Smokers

Posted: Nov 23 2016, 12:05pm CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Diabetes Increases Risk of Early Death for Smokers
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  • Diabetic Smokers More at Risk of Death

It has been proven by research that smokers who have diabetes too may be risking their very lives by this double whammy of sorts.

Smoking and diabetes combine to produce some deadly results. Lives are placed at risk when those who have high blood sugar tend to light up a cigarette or two everyday.

Besides the deleterious effects on the body, cigarette smoking is absolutely fatal when it comes to those who are prone to the “sweet sickness” that is diabetes. In fact, the risk of an early death becomes almost quite likely when those who have diabetes also smoke a pack of cigarettes a day.

Especially those who are chain smokers are the most prone to various complications. Their death rates are doubled thanks to also having diabetes.

Those smokers who do not have diabetes tend not to face this danger to such an extreme extent. This new finding was put to the test. Researchers examined 53,000 Americans.

These Americans were either heavy smokers or smoked constantly at the time of the study. Over 13% of the smokers with diabetes passed away during the seven years over which the study was extant. Only 7% of those who only smoked and didn’t have diabetes died during this period.

Especially females who were smokers and had diabetes tended to be vulnerable to contracting lung cancer. Their chances of dying from lung cancer skyrocketed to 80%, according to HealthDay.

However, the males of the species didn’t show this epidemiology. For the males, just the presence of diabetes was linked to greater chances of death from overall causes.

Lung cancer did not specifically figure among the death statistics. Those who could not control their smoking addiction had to at least lower their chances of diabetes. This was best done through blood sugar level management.

The study involved many chest CT scans being taken of patients with chances of getting lung cancer. 10% of the smokers had diabetes. They were elderly, oveweight and more likely to smoke heavily too.

The findings hardly come as much of a surprise. Smoking worsens peripheral artery disease. It also causes cardiac disease. Also COPD is common among smokers who are getting on in years.

Over 29 million people in the US have diabetes. It is a scourge and a tragedy of late capitalist civilization like obesity, heart attack and stroke. Smoking also increases one’s hypertension and causes hypercholesterolemia.

Battling smoking addiction is a losing battle for many and when it is paired with diabetes, the risks are automatically doubled. It is just a matter of how long these smokers with diabetes can cheat death.

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