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Q:

I want to know what does smoking do to you?

Patty Bonsignore

A:

Smoking causes inflammation in the body, increases cholesterol and blood pressure, and decreases the amount of oxygen available to the body’s cells. These factors put smokers at much higher risk for heart disease than non-smokers. Diabetes also causes inflammation, abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and oxidative stress. People with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to die of heart-related complications than someone who has no diabetes. When diabetes and smoking are combined, the risk increases exponentially, up to 14 times by some estimates. Smoking with diabetes is absolutely not recommended. Smoking can also worsen kidney disease and may put a person at higher risk for nerve damage. If you smoke now, seek advice from your primary care provider as to how to stop. If you do not smoke, do not start.

September 21, 2012 at 11:05 am Tags: smoking