Diabetes Doubles The Risk Of Mortality Among Heavy Smokers

Diabetes Doubles The Risk Of Mortality Among Heavy Smokers

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It is well known that smoking is injurious to health and causes lung cancer, but a recent study has found that smoking is fatal for diabetic patients. A study, presented at the annual meeting of the
24 Nov 2016 - General
This is probably the most negligent combination that a patient can ever do. Diabetes already promotes vascular compromise since excess glucose is converted to sorbitol. Sorbitol coats the intima of vessels that impair blood flow. Smoking promotes vasoconstriction that further reduces blood flow. Both this physiologic changes set up the risk for cerebrovascular disease, cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, and peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD). No one talks about the combina...
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Being a smoker and a diabetic at the same time are not a good combination. Both conditions causes vascular narrowing that may increase the chances of thrombotic complications, or impaired end organ perfusion. This is one of the reasons why patients we have to emphasize to our diabetic patients to stop smoking. The chances of acquiring chronic kidney disease, vascular insufficiency, and non-healing wounds are higher in these subset of patients. For the healthcare providers in the community, do yo...
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