Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Smoking Worsens Diabetes

Monday, 14 Mar 2011 11:03 AM

Question: Does smoking raise blood sugar levels and make diabetes worse?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Smoking is not known to raise blood sugar levels. However, the most devastating and feared complications of Type 2 diabetes are worsened and may actually be precipitated by smoking.

If you are diabetic and smoke, you will increase your risk for complications exponentially. Much higher rates of heart attack, stroke, blindness, infection, limb loss, and renal failure are seen in diabetics who smoke. By adding smoking risk factors to diabetes, you add fuel to the fire of disease, disability, reduced quality of life, and shorter life expectancy.



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Question: Does smoking raise blood sugar levels and make diabetes worse? Dr. Hibberd's Answer: Smoking is not known to raise blood sugar levels. However, the most devastating and feared complications of Type 2 diabetes are worsened and may actually be precipitated by...
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