By roshy Latest Reply 2011-05-05 22:58:10 -0500
Started 2011-05-02 12:05:34 -0500

so can i ask how many diabetics smoke or are former smokers!! With a life of so many restrictions do you find it hard to even think about quiting or have you quited successfully and havent looked back since?
Giving up food is hard because it is an nassesity but giving up smoking is hard, nobody needs to smoke but yet fail to let go!
any tips or comments are welcome

67 replies

dietcherry 2011-05-05 13:05:27 -0500 Report

Smoking wont necessarily shorten your life. My father is 90 years old, smoked for over 50 years, and has no smoking-related illness whatsoever.
In fact, my father, who is a WWII vet and has a metal plate in his head from a bullet wound, has no physical or neurological disease at all, despite being a seriously heavy whiskey drinker for decades and eating the typical American diet of red meat, high saturated fat, high carbs, processed foods, and few fruits and vegetables all of his life. I joke to him on everyday birthday that he will outlive me and Im just 43! It really is based on your own genetic makeup and your body's response to what you put in it and he is living proof!
PS But, as he'll tell you, he's still here because he never tried recreational drugs or rode a motorcycle on a city street ;)

runthe 2011-05-05 09:49:16 -0500 Report

I quit smoking 11 years ago cold turkey. I kept having cold and breathing problems. I did not like the way I was feeling so I just quit. I haven't smoked since. Now I hate when others around me smoke and then blow smoke in my face. I don't allow smoking in my house or my car.

northerngal 2011-05-04 15:57:45 -0500 Report

My parents smoked when I was a kid, and I hated the smell so much that I was never tempted to try it. Glad I didn't.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-04 13:38:52 -0500 Report

Somehow or another when the 6 of us were under 12, Dad gave up smoking 2 packs of unfiltered camels a day. He was at the pediatrician with 2 of us kids and the doctor said, "Charles you are killing your kids". Dad gave Dr. Mackell his pack of cigs, he went home, threw away the rest of his carton, got them out of the glove box of the Plymouth and never smoked again. Thanks Dad for loving us so much!

jayabee52 2011-05-04 16:22:34 -0500 Report

My parents never smoked. So that helped me stay away. But one day dad lined all 5 kids up in the kitchen, got out a pack of cigarettes, lit one up and had each of us take a drag. Of course my young and pink lungs wanted no part of THAT! Coughed out the smoke. Dad urged us to remember our first reaction to the smoke. Of all my siblings, only 1 smokes now, or ever did.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-05 09:58:15 -0500 Report

I hope he sterilized the butt of the cig between kids!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-05 11:07:51 -0500 Report

Yes, but I believe the seven years have passed. It is amazing what our parents "got away" with. Now, kids will threaten to call child services if the parent were dare to do such things to their children. Heck, it almost makes having kids today not worth it! :) Except, they do provide the possibility for grandkids and the opportunities to pay our childen back grow tremendously! LOL

jayabee52 2011-05-05 11:27:03 -0500 Report

So far none of my boys are reproducing (at least not that they'll admit to). 1 out of the 3 is married (#2 son). #1 son is planning a wedding Oct 2011. #3, who knows?

Actually they're pretty good boys, and we started training 'em as soon as possible. By the time they got the age to maybe cause trouble, all we had to do is count down from 5. They knew well what would happen if mom or dad got to "0".

It even worked for a neighbor. We gardened together, and both of us were away from the garden for a moment or 2. They were starting to do something Ann thought would be trouble. she said "Boys. 5,4 3 2 1" in the sharpest tone she could muster. she got to "2" she said, and they settled right down. Ann said she didn't know what to do if she got to "0", but she saw us do it with the boys before. She said she had to stifle a laugh because they snapped to right away.

My #2 son Jon took me out for breakfast one day and made my heart burst with joy when he sang my praises (actually praises for his mom & me) on the way we raised him. He said that we gave him a solid foundation on which to build his life. He didn't like the discipline at the time, but was glad of it now. Even when we punished him, he felt loved, and that, I believe was the difference between abuse and discipline.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-05 11:43:13 -0500 Report

Dad abused us, by today's standards, but we all survived and once he retired he was much better. He worked all 3 shifts and many times worked a double, then came home to 6 kids. My oldest daughter used to send me mother's day card & a father's day card, as I raised them by myself since then were 10 and 11. She also apoligised to me for being such a pain. :) I am very proud of both of them.

jayabee52 2011-05-05 12:49:33 -0500 Report

That's pretty much the way I experienced my dad too.

Dad was a hard worker, very hard! Although my condition was not known at the time, I was recently Dx'd with ADHD. I've had it all my life and things I'd do with ADHD, like zone out, reacted badly with him. He was the typical germanic authoritarian. I know he loved me, but things I would do or fail to do really set him off. And there are times when he lost it, he'd go over the top. He just didn't seem to know how to best deal with me and my ADHD.
I doubt anyone did in the '50s & '60s

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-05 16:41:19 -0500 Report

So many things today "didn't exist" then! Dementia was "getting old"
ADD and ADHD were "the child needs to learn how to behave!" or "snap out of it, or I will beat it out of you" I am 57, at 40 I was diagnosed with clinical depression and SAD. Recently talked with my 82 year old mother about it and she said they knew something wasn't right, but they knew I was physically okay, and did not know what to do or who to see. They hoped I would grow out of it. I hid it fairly well and functioned okay, until the divorce…In a way it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I am so much more weller :) or maybe it should be gooder than I was. I know, spell check won't like either of them!

Lanore 2011-05-04 12:47:28 -0500 Report

former smoker…had to quit npot because of being diabetic but because it caused me to have to have my caroided arteries cleaned out back in 2003. I did it cold turkey and and a lot of help from my Lord. Been seven years this year. I can honestly say I don't miss it at all.

rscarder 2011-05-04 12:39:54 -0500 Report

I quit one year ago, after I was diagnosed with type II. I had a little help, my doctor prescribed buproprion, Not sure about spelling, but it helped alot by taking the edge off. The drug acts on the centers of your mind that are responsible for cravings. It's also use as an anti depressent. Talk to your doctor.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-04 13:40:26 -0500 Report

If your spelling isn't right it is close. Wellbutrin is the non-generic name. Glad you were able to stick to it. Jim

eristar 2011-05-04 06:58:30 -0500 Report

I quit cold turkey 37 years ago; the worst was in social situations, but I got through it. Congratulations to all of you who have given up your addiction, and good luck for all who are working to do it now!

Pynetree 2011-05-03 10:00:42 -0500 Report

Oh Roshy, I quit 22 years ago…but a nite out, with a beer or wine, and friends…STILL WANT TO LIGHT UP! Or a long phone chat with an old friend…or a Sunday morning coffee and newspaper..or - well, you get the idea. Habits die hard, and sometimes are only buried..not dead! You'll quit when you want to. Just don't wait till you NEED to. Like everything it's a control are in control…start limiting your smoking, restrict yourself to a certain number per day, or not smoking till after lunch. I had to just quit cold turkey. It is hard, but, you can do this. Wishing you <3 and luck!

DJackwon 2011-05-03 09:21:09 -0500 Report

I smoked from age for a very long time; got diagnosed with Type 2, was told to quit, whined a bit and then just did it. It isn't easy, but it is possible. There are many ways you can approach it, from smoking cessation classes or medication; not certain about the patches or gums available. On a personal level I dont see how it can help you quit if you still are using any nicotine source. Good Luck!

alanbossman 2011-05-03 08:27:08 -0500 Report

The wife and I both quit about 27 years ago. Probably the hardest thing we both had to do. Both quit cold turkey. It took a few weeks to get it all out of our systems and change our habits. But it worked.

MoeGig 2011-05-03 07:32:34 -0500 Report

Should have mentioned below that cancer cells have a harder time multiplying if your Vitamin D levels are normal. Easy blood test to include. My doc tells me that most people's are below normal. I take this little rubber pill every morning as a supplement, and yes my last blood test showed a level of 60 (mid-range). Doc was surprised. Check it out. Obviously if you can't quit smoking, you might as well, at least, inhibit their growth.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-02 23:06:27 -0500 Report

I have been a non smoker for about a year and a half. I tried a bazillion times with no success . Then I tried e-Cigerates and after just shy of 4 months later I was a non smoker!!!!!

nanaellen 2011-05-02 22:35:24 -0500 Report

Unfortunately a smoker I am. Pack or so a day. Keep trying to quit but nothing works, tried the gum…gave me mouth sores…tried the chantix…did nothing for me…tried hypnosis…didn't work either…trying to hard to control BS #'s and can't do both…no way!!! And more power to those of you who can!! I know it's really bad for ya, my husband got lung cancer and had to have a lung removed!! I was with him when the Dr. told him he was 100 percent cancer free as long as he didn't smoke anymore. That lasted all of 2 weeks!! Than last year he got cancer back in the center where your lung and esophogus connect and he had to have chemo and radiation and once again the Dr. told him he was cancer free as long as he doesn't smoke…again it lasted all of 2 weeks and he's smoking more than ever now! We're separated right now for a whole bunch of reasons but mostly cause I don't want him to die in my house and have my 13 year old grandson find him dead in the a.m.!!!! He loves his Papa to death and that would devestate him!! If you find any good tips let me know please!!

tina hogner
tina hogner 2011-05-02 23:38:39 -0500 Report


Anonymous 2011-05-04 11:05:32 -0500 Report

That man helped me once and I quit for 5 years. Then, I had problems with my church family. And, you've probably heard this story before and went back due the nature of what happend. But, I believe he can do it again I just wish he woudl do it like he did last time. By taking the taste completley out of my mouth. Can you say a little prayer for me that I have enought faith to be healed once more? Thanks.

MoeGig 2011-05-02 20:40:47 -0500 Report

It's like the person said: "Quitting smoking is easy, I've done it many times!". That was true with me until I finally quit 30 years ago after many tries and failures. I had to change my whole life style…in order to quit smoking, I had to quit all the things I did when I smoked…coffee in the morning, cocktails, etc., and also began running to exercise the lungs. Also had to quit "near smoking" like an occasional cigar, etc. You have to figure that a cigarette is simply an efficient means of injecting a stong drug (nicotene) into your blood stream. It's more sinister than hard drugs, although marijuana would be less harmful. (Experimented in middle life for a while, but never got addicted). With nicotene, if I had a cigarette tonight, I would be back to 1 1/2 packs of Marlboro's per day tomorrow. (The Marlboro Man is dead you know). I guess, in the overall scheme of things, our main objective in life is effectively managing the diabetes. This is really important. Quitting smoking is important, but sometimes you can't fight every battle on every front unless you have a very high level of intestinal fortitude…however important quitting smoking might be, it's still in second place to managing the Blood Sugars IMHO.

roshy 2011-05-03 07:45:08 -0500 Report

this is deadly!! im sooo using this line next time my doctor is asking how im getting on with the smokes!! 'quiting is easy, ive done it plenty of times!! i always considered myself as an optimistic person!congrats on finially giving them up!! power to you!! when my mam quit years ago she said is was easier then Giving up all the bad food!!!now shes a major food junky! its like swapping one bad habit for another!
Now trying to give up coffee is a totaly other ball game altogether!! id need major help with that one!! i gave bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta, pizza, take out mc donalds, and for an irish girl i cut back on the alcohol alot but if i was told to give up the coffee it would be a matter of game over for me!!!
Ahhh im only kidding myself in the end!! but things could be worse i suppose, i could be addicted to something much worse! the smokes will eventually go when im good and ready (hopefully) !! Ill be turning a new leaf once my pump gets here!! thats my deadline and im sticking with it!!

Harlen 2011-05-02 19:33:07 -0500 Report

I am quiting now on my first week of chantex so soon to be X smoker weeee
best wishes
PS Wish me luck

nanaellen 2011-05-02 22:39:21 -0500 Report

Much luck to you Harlen!! It didn't work for me but it worked for 3 other people at my last job! Be careful of the nightmares though they can really freak you out!! Here's to your success!!! :) Ellen

dietcherry 2011-05-02 21:01:27 -0500 Report

Good luck Harlen! And how about letting us know if it does raise your blood sugar! I find that particular warning in the commercial alarming!!!

Harlen 2011-05-02 21:18:47 -0500 Report

it dose
Always looking for something to put in my mouth ???
I am going to do it .
Best wishes

dietcherry 2011-05-02 19:11:15 -0500 Report

Hey Roshy! I'm a reformed smoker and it is the hardest thing in the world to give up! I LOVE to smoke! I just really enjoy it especially when Im having a beer and shooting a game of pool. Plus I live in North Carolina and we make some of the most popular brands and my very town spawned a tobacco dynasty. BUT I remind myself that it is terrible for your health, damages your organs and microvascular system, complicates diabetes management, diminishes your lung endurance, wrecks your skin, causes premature aging, gives you an unattractive smokers cough, and turns your fingernails and teeth yellow! I could go on and on but if that aint enough, then you aint ready to quit! lol When you are, youll know it and, although I quit cold turkey, there are prescription meds to assist you, if you need them. I wish you much success!!!

roshy 2011-05-03 08:01:41 -0500 Report

yeah! the yellow nails and lung cancer is an unattractive part of the habbit!! i think ill do the same as yourself, quit cold gobbledy goose and see how i get on! if not ill be knocking on my doctors door pleading for his support, encouragment and kind perscriptions!!!

Fair play tya for giving them up!! did u find u ate more when u gave them up!! most people i know swap one habbit for another!

dietcherry 2011-05-03 10:56:29 -0500 Report

I did start eating more to satisfy my physical and psychological cravings and it did a whammy on my BS. Fortunately, this didnt last forever; once I "forgot" about cigarettes and the meaning they'd held in my life, my cravings settled down and I lost the 5 pounds I'd gained. Its just a matter of getting through those first few weeks of breaking your dependency on nicotine.

jayabee52 2011-05-02 16:17:59 -0500 Report

Not ever having smoked cigarettes in my life (cigars, yes, when I was in my 20s — till they made me sick becuse I had too many in rapid succession and then never again). I have no pointers for you.

But what I have for you are fervent prayers that you'll kick that habit, Roisin!

Blessings to you and yours!


roshy 2011-05-02 16:31:11 -0500 Report

thanks james!! i keep pushing the dead line back and back!! ill eventually kick the habit when im ready! the college work is piling up!! i need to get out and find a permiant job, i was just diagnosed with coelic disease before the christmas and i feel like i can hold onto a little bit of pleasure that is my smokes until maybe after i get my pump! (thats in June) so that is now my new dead line!!

Thanks for your blessings and ill let u know how i get on!!

jayabee52 2011-05-02 16:42:38 -0500 Report

You have to know your schedule and situation, so please do let me know how you get on! (Or you're already on — cigarettes, that is. Perhaps it's better said "get off" them. )

I feel for you having a Dx of Celiac Jem & I had a young lady in our home with it. From what I've seen of it, not fun!

Praying you are able to get on top of that and stay there. Are you on the Celiac connect site?

roshy 2011-05-02 17:01:33 -0500 Report

i am on the celiac site!! not much happening on it though!! i check in on it now and again! its only new so theres not much of a community yet!! well compared to the amount of diabetics here !!
and ur right!! celiac disease and fun do not belong in the same sentence!! its a nasty condition!! esp when its teamed up with type one diabetes!! jayyyysus no wonder i smoke!!

kittenpurr1 2011-05-02 18:25:56 -0500 Report

My doctor said, "Break it down to 5 a day."
Last week, she asks, "When are you going to be a 4?"
I looked at her, she said, "There's that look." I have no clue what my look was like, ha-
I hate it, wished I had never started it, my 2nd husband and all of our friends smoked, I complained, so I got slapped around till I finally found one I could tolerate.
Then he quit about a year later, he met a woman, so he was gone pretty fast, too.
Short lived marriage 2 years.

cavie2 2011-05-02 19:00:35 -0500 Report

I am also an ex battered wife, who left and brought up 2 sons single handedly. I lived in a refuge for battered women for 6 months before finally being rehoused. It's hard starting again from scratch but it can be done I am living proof. All your experiences in life help to shape you and make you the person you are today so you thank the Lord for all these experiences. Learn from them and move on, and know that you are blessed. lol

kittenpurr1 2011-05-02 22:15:11 -0500 Report

That was many cigarettes ago. I feel the pains from all the beatings, I think it could be why I have osteo in just about every part of my body.
I try to be good to people, cause that's the big picture, I think. I am good to animals. I have been through alot. But I am still waking up. I am in lots of pain, and hate the way the car smells b/c of cigarettes. That was like about 31 years ago. I am still growing, I learn something every day.

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kittenpurr1 2011-05-04 13:04:14 -0500 Report

Talk to her, let some people that are in groups for domestic violence talk to her, if she will listen. Life is not about fighting- there's laws to protect, and even to protect animals- so, she needs to see the concerns you have, and know that you don't wnat her 16 year old to grow up with out parents. I know, at times- battered women feel it's a way of life, and are afraid of change, but- "I'm sorry baby, it won't happen again, is the biggest lie ever told." They sound so believeable, too. One has to be strong, to leave, don't look back, when she thinks about him, remind her to think of all the damage he's done, point out the pro's and con's, let her write them down. She can do better, she just has to believe, and not have any contact with him.

jayabee52 2011-05-02 18:43:11 -0500 Report

I'm so sad for you, Janet. Nobody, woman or man, should get slapped around!

There's far too much of that going on. My (now ex) wife hit me once. I don't even remember why anymore. It didn't hurt me but I remember it because it was unusual for us. When she was just on the verge of divorcing me, and I was trying to win her back she so frustrated me that I wanted to hit her, or punch a wall near her. But I figured that would be counterproductive in that would either give her cause to divorce me, or cause to fear me, and I was trying to win her love back. So I restrained those urges whenever they came.

If you want to talk about it, you are my friend here, so you're welcome to talk to me via DC mail.

kittenpurr1 2011-05-02 22:17:42 -0500 Report

Thanks JB, one day I will share some of my life, I think I will feed the puppy, and watch the news. Take some medicine. I may write about it tomorrow. I shared a lot this evening with someone. So, I am a bit tired, thank you so very much. I greatly appreciate your offer.

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