Smoking and Increase of BG's

lacat87
By lacat87 Latest Reply 2013-04-01 21:07:10 -0500
Started 2013-01-10 14:45:30 -0600

Just read an article about smoking increases bg's. But it didn't say how it does this, so does anyone know how smoking increases bg's?


14 replies

lanykins
lanykins 2013-04-01 21:07:10 -0500 Report

I smoke also but am trying to quit by using the electronic cigarettes. They give you the nicotine but nothing else than can hurt you. No smoke or tar and you can smoke them just about anywhere, even on airplanes. But for me they are a way of really decreasing the amount of cigarettes I smoke. You might try them out.

lanykins
lanykins 2013-04-01 21:07:09 -0500 Report

I smoke also but am trying to quit by using the electronic cigarettes. They give you the nicotine but nothing else than can hurt you. No smoke or tar and you can smoke them just about anywhere, even on airplanes. But for me they are a way of really decreasing the amount of cigarettes I smoke. You might try them out.

manapua72
manapua72 2013-01-11 18:55:42 -0600 Report

Oh I know far more smokers then I know diabetics … Funny not a single one of them is diabetic … Go figure …

lacat87
lacat87 2013-01-11 16:00:06 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone for your input on this matter. Like others, I have not noticed any increases to my bg from smoking. Would love to quit and have started to quit too many times to count. I will look at the links you guys have given me. Again, much thanks for your time and effort to my question. Hugs to all!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-11 12:41:50 -0600 Report

I am a smoker and I have not noticed any changes in my blood sugar. I think it depends on body type, amount of cigarettes you smoke and how much nicotine. Cigarettes have different amounts of nicotine in them. This could also factor into the equation.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2013-01-11 07:21:01 -0600 Report

Appears that you got some very good answers here. I was about to post a link, when I noticed jayabee posted the same one. Anyway, I won't remind you what else smoking does, because my wife smokes and tells me to stop preaching!
I hope your doing well!!!

manapua72
manapua72 2013-01-11 01:27:33 -0600 Report

Does it really matter how ??? If it does and u r a smoker u must decide if that rise in blood sugar is something u r willing to go through … Just as I must decide whether I want a Big Mac bad enough though I know eating it will just send my blood sugar up …

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-01-10 16:03:15 -0600 Report

It’s claimed to be the nicotine and that like 3 cigarettes worth can raise blood glucose levels by 29%.
In the last 3 years I’ve quit and started (and quit again) with absolutely no change in overall numbers.
It’s also said that smoking increases the risk of getting diabetes, but everything I’ve read always includes the words “may” and “can”, not “does” and “has been proven to”
Not endorsing the habit, but as a life-long smoker, I can’t see any effects on my BG’s. If there are, they must be minimal in me because at one time I was 2 packs/day.
Again, not a doctor or endorsing the habit.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-11 12:45:29 -0600 Report

Nick even the warning on a pack of cigarettes includes the word "May". When these words are included in this manner, the end results would depend on the individual. Remember the message use to say 'May cause lung cancer". I know people who never smoked who have died from lung cancer. I also know people who smoked for years who died without having cancer. My dad smoked every day and was 90 when he died and did not have cancer.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-01-11 13:25:21 -0600 Report

Oh I agree Joyce, which is kind of my point. It's kiind of a personal choice in cases like this whether it's worth the risk to you personally. It's not like the steroid shots I had that clearly state "do" and "will" increase BG levels.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-11 14:40:35 -0600 Report

I think people have to do what is right for them. I know I have to stop smoking but I can't seem to wrap my brain around that. We make choices based on wants and needs. Sometimes these choices are not what may or may not be best for us but we still make them.

It is like your mother telling you the spanking is going to hurt her more than you. I am the one feeling the pain from the spanking and the one having to remember not to do what I did again.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-01-11 15:20:55 -0600 Report

I need to as well, but for good this time. It comes and goes, and I smoke out of boredom. Hardly smoked at all during vacation.
I have a buddy that was diagnosed around the same time I was. Doesn’t drink or smoke, but chances are he’ll be suffering from some, or many diabetes related complications. He’s already got a few. Thing is, his “cigarettes” are Mountain Dew and a wife who can’t cook (lots of take-out).