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Tobacco Use and Diabetes 2

Continues from Tobacco Use and Diabetes part 1

When a blood clot develops that cuts off the blood supply to the vessels that feed the heart cells, we call that a “heart attack.” If the blood clot is in blood vessels feeding the brain, it is called a “stroke.” If it is in the lungs, it can be extremely dangerous and death can be immediate. Sometimes it is in a leg, foot, or toe. The farther from the heart, the smaller the blood vessels. It does not take much to cause a complete blockage of poor circulation in those tiny blood vessel where the openings have been narrowed by atherosclerosis and tobacco use.

Poor circulation is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness, and non-traumatic amputation of toes, feet, and legs among people with diabetes. Diabetes is the Number One cause of each of these among adults under age 65 years in the United States. The risk of each of these is much, much higher if that diabetic also uses tobacco!

While you cannot cure your diabetes, you DO have control over whether or not you use tobacco. Here are some very down-to-earth, practical steps you can take to begin the process of stopping the use of tobacco or staying stopped, if you have already stopped:

1. Learn new ways to think, and respond to stress in other ways, besides using tobacco.

2. For three days, keep a log or diary of every time you actually do (or want to) smoke a cigarette/cigar/pipe or chew tobacco. Include the date, time, location, emotional state, who you were with, what else you were doing, etc. Include what you think the tobacco use did for you.

3. Look back over the tobacco use diary/log and see if you can find out why you smoke. What is it that you gain by smoking?

4. Go to the library and check out a book or two on how to quit tobacco use. Keep looking until you find a book that uses an approach that makes sense to you.

5. Set a Quit Day at least 2 weeks away.

6. Prepare and plan for Quit Day according to the book’s instructions.

7. Find a buddy/friend to give you support. If this friend has successfully quit tobacco use or is going to quit when you do, that is GREAT! If the friend is a non-smoker, that is fine, too. Do NOT, however, choose someone who still smokes!!!

8. Think positively about quitting, Know that you CAN do it! A craving lasts an average of 12 seconds. You can outlast 12 seconds of almost anything!!!

9. Best wishes! Let me know, if you wish, and I will pray for your success.

Go ahead. Pull that ripcord NOW! The parachute will open right away and your health begins to improve within 8 hours of your last cigarette. After 5 years, the risk is approximately the same as a non-smoker. It really IS worth it!

Remember — only YOU are responsible for YOUR health! The health care professionals are there to help you, to guide you, to coach you. But ultimately it is up to you.

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