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Does Quitting Smoking Increase Your Risk of Diabetes?

We all know that quitting smoking is good for your health. In fact, it’s way better for you if you had never started smoking in the first place. But touche, we all know that one too. It’s not like we started smoking because we thought it was healthy. The reason I started smoking when I was barely twenty years old was because I hung with a crowd that went to bars and drank a lot, and that was just part of the scene.

You almost DIDN’T fit in if you didn’t have a cigarette in your hand. I was always a somewhat shy person as well, so smoking helped ease my social tension and also made me feel more like I was one of the gang, and gave me something to do with my always fidgeting hands too. For me, it was mostly a social thing, which quickly turned into an actual physical addiction complete with withdrawal symptoms and the whole nine yards.

That part was not fun, and I proceeded to pick up and put down the habit over the next seven years, until I was twenty seven and met my husband (that was eight years ago, I don’t smoke any more and couldn’t be happier about that decision when I see what it’s done to people who have never kicked the habit).

New research indicates that those who have quite the habit of smoking, most likely to the common side effect of quitting which is weight gain (which, incidentally, an herbal smoking cessation product can help prevent since it helps make the cravings a lot less severe, and the withdrawal, which is often the reason that people turn to eating too much food when they quit smoking), which increases their risk of type 2 diabetes. In fact, it increases it at a fairly high rate because of the sudden putting on of weight.

The risk of diabetes was highest right after quitting, in the years following the cessation. However, you must remember that the risks of weight gain, withdrawal and other related symptoms of quitting smoking FAR outweigh the risks associated with keeping this dangerous habit. Not only are you throwing money out the window, you are also most likely spending more money on healthcare for health problems related to smoking. Smoking is related to so many illnesses and diseases that it’s scary to realize how many people still indulge in this ultimately reckless habit. Yes, I’m a sanctimonious ex smoker, thank you very much :)

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