Type 2 Diabetes - Are You Trying To Stop Smoking? Information from the American Heart Association shows over 440,000 people die each year from smoking related diseases. And around 135,000 extra deaths are linked to the effects of cigarettes on the cardiovascular system. If you have Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease, smoking puts you on a faster track for complications such as stroke and heart attack. A few reasons to quit smoking include: Smoking... raises your blood sugar. raises your blood pressure. cuts the amount of oxygen reaching your body tissues leading to heart attack, stroke, stillbirth, and other dangers. damages your blood vessels and can lead to blood vessel disease and foot infections. smokers are more likely to get nerve damage or kidney disease. makes limited joint mobility more likely. can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, lung, and cancer. According to the American Diabetes Association report, Smoking and Diabetes, cigarette smoking accounts for one out of every five deaths in the United States and is the most modifiable cause of premature death. However, smoking is a highly addictive behavior, so how do you stop? It all starts with asking the right questions of yourself. 1. First of all, you need to think about why you smoke. Really ask yourself why you started smoking and continued on doing so. Some people try smoking at a very young age but don't become addicted. Others start smoking and can't seem to ever break the habit. Think about the times you smoke, how much of a habit has it become? Do you automatically reach for a cigarette when you have a cup of coffee? Nicotine is normally what the smoker seeks... it provokes the release of naturally occurring substances in your brain, for example dopamine. Dopamine makes you feel good, and when you don't have a cigarette, you feel miserable. 2. Another question to ask yourself is whether or not you are able to handle stress in another way. Often, people continue smoking because they are stressed out. It becomes their go-to avenue for getting through stressful times. Are there other methods you can use to help get through stressful times? Of course there are. You just have to figure out what you can replace this habit with. 3. Nicotine replacement therapy works best when used alongside of support. There are free Stop Smoking services available in most countries; check on the internet for one in your area. It has been found support together with nicotine replacement therapy raises your chances of giving up successfully to between 15 and 35%. 4. Methods available from the pharmacy include: gum, patches, lozenges, and a nicotine inhaler. Check with your doctor before starting on any of these products. 5. Also consider what methods you may have already tried in order to stop smoking. For instance, did you try the nicotine patch? How did that work out? If it didn't work for you, why? By asking yourself this type of question, you will be able to eliminate certain methods from your arsenal of tools to help you to quit. Have you discussed with your doctor your desire to quit smoking? Often, they know of resources you are not familiar with. For that reason, it makes sense to have a chat with your doctor to see what they recommend. Most people who smoke really want to quit. However, they don't always know exactly where to start. Once you ask yourself the above questions, you should have better direction on what steps to take to help you quit. Because of the way nicotine works in your brain, it's an almost perfect drug when it comes to keeping people hooked. It is powerful and it's not unusual to find it takes more than one effort for most people to stop smoking. Fortunately, the more you try to stop, the better the odds are you will eventually make it.
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