The American Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, defines pre-diabetes as a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal limits, but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.
Pre-diabetes is always an indicator for the disease in the future. Pre-diabetics are at an increased risk of heart disease and strokes. This risk is double for those who are both pre-diabetic and smokers. Both these conditions narrow blood vessels and can cause many more complications.
Higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, experienced with pre-diabetes, causes damage to blood vessels, and in addition the carbon monoxide from smoking also damages blood vessels, causing dangerous plaque build-up and increasing the risks of a heart attack.
As per the American Heart Institutes research, smoking can prove to be a killer for people who smoke as they have three times more chances of developing pre-diabetes and diabetes. The combination of cigarette smoking and pre-diabetes is deadly and nicotine induces pre-diabetes. Cardio-vascular diseases can lead to heart attacks, strokes and even death.
However, pre-diabetes can be reversed and people suffering from the same can become normal again, but lifestyle changes need to be made. People must become active—walk, hit the gym and exercise. If “stop smoking today” is made a motto and a reality, a pre-diabetic individual can make their insulin levels return to normal and become healthy again.
Smoking is also a top cause of serious diseases like heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and strokes. In addition smoking also causes lung cancer and other lung diseases. All these complications can make matters worse for a pre-diabetic so it is better to stop smoking.
Doctors and specialists help chain-smokers and those addicted to smoking to mentally and physically deal with it. Through counselling, sharing-sessions and using safe substitutes patients are treated for the addiction adding value and days to life.