As anyone living with diabetes is most likely already aware, the disease puts you at risk of developing peripheral neuropathy, a condition where nerve damage in your extremities causes you to lose or experience lessened sensation in your feet and/or hands.
Most people are also aware that smoking is awful for your health, putting you (and the people around you) at risk for lung and heart disease, emphysema, cancer and even death.
Well, it may go without saying, but I’ll go ahead and say it anyways: smoking when you’re a diabetic is a really, really bad idea.
In addition to all the well-known risks of smoking, regularly lighting up constricts and damages your blood vessels, which is a serious problem for anyone, but especially for diabetics with already-compromised circulation.
When you double up on your risks of poor circulation, you increase the chances that wounds on your feet will have a tougher time healing, meaning they might turn into ulcers, which, if left untreated, can jeopardize your whole foot, meaning you might even need an amputation.
So the moral of this story, clearly, is don’t smoke. Especially if you have diabetes. For more information on how to quit smoking, click here.