Tuesday, November 11, 2014

National Diabetes Month: Smoking and Diabetes

The 2014 Surgeon General’s Report has found that smoking is a cause of
type 2 diabetes, which is also known as adult-onset diabetes. Smokers are 30–40% more likely to develop adult-onset diabetes than nonsmokers. The risk of developing diabetes increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day.

People with diabetes who smoke have a harder time controlling their blood sugar and are at higher risk for heart or kidney disease, blindness, or amputations.

Download and share the above infographic with your patients and partners to highlight this important new finding from the 2014 Surgeon General's Report. It is available in three formats in the Infographics Gallery. The new Smoking and Diabetes fact sheet provides greater detail on how smoking causes type 2 diabetes and what smoking means to people with diabetes.

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