What happens if you have type 1 diabetes and smoke meth?

Dr. David Erani


Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, can cause euphoria, increased energy, and weight loss. It can also cause paranoia, heart disease, and death. On balance, the risks far outweigh the benefits. It is rarely prescribed as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. More commonly, it is abused by those seeking its euphoric effect. That euphoria comes at a very high price. Methamphetamine can cause a wide range of physical and psychological adverse effects. It also has a very high potential for dependence. With dependence comes tolerance. Larger doses are required to generate the euphoric effect. As more of the drug is required, the pursuit of the drugs consumes more and more of one’s time. Responsibilities such as school or work become secondary. Relationships suffer. Withdrawal is also part of dependency. Symptoms of withdrawal are the opposite of the positive effects of the drug. This motivates the user to use the drug again to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. Outside of the small group of people to whom the drug is prescribed (at much lower doses than those who abused it likely take), no one should use this drug. That said, people with diabetes have even more of a reason to avoid it. Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease. Methamphetamine adds to this risk.

July 30, 2013 at 11:10 am