Smoking and Diabetes

old biker
By old biker Latest Reply 2012-05-31 10:46:38 -0500
Started 2012-05-25 15:44:37 -0500

I was just wondering how many out there are still smoking. I have been try ing to quit this nasty filthy habit for the last 6 months. I am on Chantix for the second and last time. I have been a PWD T2 for 11 years and what health complications I have now are due to smoking and diabetes..The two are like oil and water, they don't mix.
Don't take my word for it Google smoking and diabetes..Sorry I didn't mean for this to turn into an anti-smoking rant. But I know how hard we all work to keep our blood sugar and A1c levels down only to have all that effort go up in smoke..Nicotine raises them both.
I guess I started this discussion because right now I am dying for a cigarette..It's not going to happen I know the urge will pass..Meanwhile people have a great weekend and keep fighting the good fight

55 replies

Fyremarshal 2012-05-30 13:16:00 -0500 Report

I pray that all of you who do can quit. My dad who is 83 had cancer in his right lung about 2 years ago. Even tho he stopped (which was too late, the damage was done) before the cancer spread he was diagnosed again this past January with cancer on his other lung. He has emphysema and is just starting chemo. Please, by all means, find the courage to stop.

dietcherry 2012-05-30 13:05:10 -0500 Report

I did my time on nicotine back when a pack of smokes was still .97 cents. For a few years I had a cig in one hand, a beer bottle in another, and a poolstick in yet another!
I quit cold turkey but living smack in the birthplace of Joe Camel made it especially hard. I still love an ice-cold beer and a game of pool and its only then that I miss smoking. Take this to heart: if I can quit, anyone can!!!

old biker
old biker 2012-05-30 13:43:17 -0500 Report

Oh I hate women who can beat me in a game of pool..The male ego is such a fragile thing LOL

dietcherry 2012-05-30 14:07:44 -0500 Report

I dont give up and I dont give in so…I also have an 8-foot Brunswick in my house so things arent looking too good for you ;)

10Bobnote 2012-05-30 08:58:48 -0500 Report

It's an uphill battle for me.
I'm type II, 47 years old. Smoker since I was about ten years old.
Two heart attacks, and was just diagnosed with COPD, but I still can't quit cigarettes.
I've tried to quit many, many times, but stress and boredom leads me back to the nicotine.
E-cigs, nasal snuff, dip, meditation, Welbutrin, the patch, nicotine gum. Tried them all as alternatives, but no luck so far and can't take Chantix due to the heart disease.

old biker
old biker 2012-05-30 10:02:10 -0500 Report

That sucks..I know hard it can be..Trust me.i had been killing myself with smoking for 50 years. I'm no doctor and I don't know just what chantix does..It works because people think it's working..Any addiction is 90% mental..You can do this.I have a discussion going on setting high goals..Check it out..Stay strong in your fight..never say never my friend

jayabee52 2012-05-30 10:57:02 -0500 Report

the link to that discussion is here ~

old biker
old biker 2012-05-30 11:04:43 -0500 Report

Thanks jay I don't know you keep track of everything like you do..Hey can you send me a link on what you wrote about your diet

jayabee52 2012-05-30 11:15:28 -0500 Report

sometimes I don't know how to keep track of what I need also. But after being on this site for 3 + yrs I kinda know how to find what I need —- sometime. Of course you don't see me looking for someting and not be able to find it and giving up in frustration

why sure! Happy to do so! You may find that discussion here ~

old biker
old biker 2012-05-30 11:46:09 -0500 Report

Thanks James thats what I was looking for..I read it before..My meal plan and yours are real close to being the same. How many carbs daily do you think you consume?

jayabee52 2012-05-30 12:40:25 -0500 Report

to be honest I really don't know. It varies by the fruits and the vegetables I consume. I probably should research that.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-29 23:55:18 -0500 Report

Happy to hear your stopping, I know it is hard work, but you can do it. I have never smoked thanks to my brother, and actually can't breathe around it, have to use inhaler. It is hard if I have my vent on with windows up and the car in front or around me has a smoker as it comes in and litterly takes my breath away, so I can imagine what it is doing to the smoker. Then add in diabetes and wow!

Also, feel free to write here if it helps to distract you, we are here to help:)

cindygal1 2012-05-28 17:13:26 -0500 Report

I am with you on quitting smoking, but lately we have had so many problems, that I haven't been able too, but now that some of them are gone, I am going to start again trying to quit. I also have a history of ulcers, so I know that somking is not helping that al all. I am taking all of the ash trays and things and putting them up, and giving it my best shop to quit.

mariantlibrarian 2012-05-27 18:28:53 -0500 Report

Congestive heart failure at the age of 47 convinced me to quit. Have been smoke free for about a year and a half now. It's not easy, but going cold turkey worked best for me.

old biker
old biker 2012-05-28 07:22:49 -0500 Report

Thats great to hear..Well done!! ! I literally allmost smoked away the use of my legs and that would of been so sad, because it is completely avoidable..Your success helps to keep me motivated..Thank you

locarbarbie 2012-05-26 16:10:19 -0500 Report

I quit smoking 10 months ago using the e cigarette. The problem is that I am still using the e-cig. I am really not sure I can give them up.

old biker
old biker 2012-05-26 16:21:56 -0500 Report

Thats great I wouldn't worry about giving the E-cig up..You are nicotine free and its the nicotine that drives our numbers up

pixsidust 2012-05-26 16:44:47 -0500 Report

I thought the E-Cig had nicotine just no tar

old biker
old biker 2012-05-26 17:22:39 -0500 Report

I am probably wrong on this.I thought it was just some kind of like mentholated vapor..If it has nicotine it's just as bad

locarbarbie 2012-05-27 06:25:08 -0500 Report

Pixiedust is correct…They are available in ranges from 1.8, 1.2, 0.6 and 0% nicotine. I use the 0.6%…here's my problem, I could probably use the 0% without missing the nicotine so much, but they have formulated the 0% in such a way that it is a totally different feel upon inhalation. I do enjoy the ritual and the feeling of the inhalation. When I first quit (real) smoking, I would actually go outside to "smoke" my e-cigarette along with a lighter!!
I would like to quit the e-cig as well but I can only consentrate on one thing at a time (can't walk and chew gum at the same time, lol) and right now I feel I need to devote all my energy on revamping my way of eating/diet.
The one thing I did LOVE with Chantix was the vivid dreams…pretty cool!
I was a die hard smoker, so for me this is a remarkable accomplishment that I never believed I could do. I really don't think I could have quit without the e-cigarette. The longest I had ever gone before this was 25 days with hypnosis. So yeah, I guess I have traded one terrible habit with a lesser bad habit.

pixsidust 2012-05-26 17:55:29 -0500 Report

this off their ad
Available in full-flavored tobacco and refreshing menthol flavors, in both Full 1.8% nicotine (18mg/1000mg) or Light 0.6% nicotine (6mg /1000mg).

old biker
old biker 2012-05-26 18:13:57 -0500 Report

Thanks for the information I never did explore that option..I am having good results with chantix and the weird livid dreams they warn you about..I find quite interesting..LOL so it looks to me the E-cig is nothing more then a nicotine delivery system just like any other cigarette is

pixsidust 2012-05-26 14:01:06 -0500 Report

That habit is killing my son. I am glad for your resolve and revelation. Thanks for starting this discussion and bringing attention to this fact!

jimLE 2012-05-26 12:51:45 -0500 Report

great going and keep up the great work of not smokeing..i stoped smoking for 2 weeks last year..then i made a mistake of going to a bar with friends.well my last beer for tha night did it for me.i got a smoke from someone and started up again.big mistake on my part.they are hard to quiet.especilly when you've been smoking over 40 years like i have been..

Harlen 2012-05-26 11:50:41 -0500 Report

Quit and still fighting the need every day
Its a job but easy to start hard to keep at it lol
Good luck frend

locarbarbie 2012-05-27 06:28:45 -0500 Report

Congrats…I remember reading your posts at that time, you quit before me. I have wondered from time to time if you have kept up with it. Way to go!

Harlen 2012-05-27 09:00:04 -0500 Report

Still at it oipping one day I will be able to go thrue the day and not think of it but it has ben years and years of smoking life with out it is still new lol
Best wishes

old biker
old biker 2012-05-27 09:20:07 -0500 Report

The hardest time for me is when I'm sitting here at the PC like rigt now LOL..But I know quiting it is something that we both can do..Much luck in your journey of life

Harlen 2012-05-27 09:38:42 -0500 Report

Thank you and the same to you
I never smoked in the house thank god
It seams that when I left home I liked the way a house smelled with out the smoke lol

JSJB 2012-05-26 01:47:45 -0500 Report

From one ole biker to another have a great holiday and some people I know quit by using those electronic cigarettes. I was luck and just quit but my wife said I was a real SOB. It is rough but can be done. I use to think of what I could loose and that helped. So good luck and keep the shiney side up.

MoeGig 2012-05-25 19:50:44 -0500 Report

"Quitting smoking is easy…I've done it many times"…It was the hardest thing I ever did…quit cold turkey. You really have to be motivated to quit; but, it is more than worthwhile in the end. For some reason I cannot understand why diabetics have a much higher propensity to smoke…which makes it doubly difficult…but I can't think of anything (other than running continuous 500 blood sugars) that hurts you more than smoking.

Young1s 2012-05-25 19:01:40 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, I'm still smoking. I used to justify it by saying that it wasn't in my best interest to quit drinking and smoking in one swoop. The usefulness of that excuse has run it's course, though. Fact of the matter is, while I've cut down a lot (and I do mean a lot), I'm finding it hard to quit for good. I'm sure it's why I have such a hard time getting my numbers to stay within normal range on a consistent basis. But I won't give up trying.

jayabee52 2012-05-25 17:18:51 -0500 Report

Fortunately for me, that is one bad habit I have not picked up over the years. I pray you will be able to overcome this. I have a friend in the apartment complex who has both diabetes and smokes, and I believe that is why he had to have a toe amputated.

old biker
old biker 2012-05-25 18:04:16 -0500 Report

No doubt you are right about your friend..6 months ago I could not walk more then 75 yards before the pain from poor blood circulation would shut both my leggs down..That was my wake up call..Today I walk 3 miles everyday with the help of a cane..I gave myself a goal and a year to reach it. I'm not even close yet. But cuting back and quiting smoking was the first step

jayabee52 2012-05-25 18:19:40 -0500 Report

that is great for you! Happy to hear it! If there is any way I could help you reach that goal please don't hesitate to ask!

KarynCandy29 2012-05-25 16:24:03 -0500 Report

I stopped smoking cold Turkey many years ago,and have never looked back..Now if I could just get the weight off me everything would be okay …I am down by 32 pounds and working on a bit more to feel better about myself again..Just a thought have you heard of the Electronic cigarette I know of a few people who have used it and were able to stop smoking for sister who has cancer and going through treatment is using one now,I bought it for her because she had started up smoking again and that a "no no"at this point, so right now she is doing well with the electronic cigarette it has been proven to be a great alternatives for real cigarettes and there are many reasons why this is so. You are able to enjoy the ritual of smoking without many of the negative aspects that go along with it…maybe this is something you could look into..Good luck .I wish you well~Have a nice weekend!

old biker
old biker 2012-05-25 17:02:15 -0500 Report

hey good for you..The electronic cigarette is a good idea. But am already committed to the chantix.I feel good about quiting and I am already starting to reap the benifits. Failure is not an option this time

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