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Smoking Cigars With Diabetes? | Ask D'mine

Smoking Cigars With Diabetes? | Ask D'mine

We're sorry, an error occurred. We are unable to collect your feedback at this time. However, your feedback is important to us. Please try again later. Hey there, Diabetes Friends! Welcome back to our weekly advice column, Ask DMine. I'm your friendly host, W il Dubois -- a longtime type 1 diagnosed as an adult who happens to write about diabetes and work as a clinical diabetes specialist in New Mexico. Yep, that's me. And I happen to enjoy an occasional puff on a cigar, apropos to this week's question from a concerned woman whose brother with type 2 has a love for cigars. She's worried about the blood sugar effects of smoking, so let me take a puff at that one... {Got your own questions? Email us at [email protected] } Keeper, type 3 from South Carolina, writes:Mybrother has type 2 diabetes and he smokes these cigars called Black & Mild.I dont like them because I think theyre making his blood sugar go up, or hisA1C, I dont know. Hes 48, works every day, and hes constantly smoking thosecigars. Do the cigars make his blood sugar go up? [email protected] DMine answers: My blood sugar usually goes down when I smoke acigar, and I hate to bash one of my two favorite unhealthy vices, so I wasgoing to answer you with a simple dismissive No, and move on to the nextquestion. But then, in all fairness to you, I decided Id better look into it. But lets beclear that while theres a ton of research on cigarette smoking, theres not somuch on cigars and pipes. Im not sure whats up with that. It could be becausethroughout modern history, say from 1950 onwards, cigarette smokers vastlyoutnumbered cigar and pipe smokers. Or it could be that the Centers for DiseaseControl (CDC) only tracks info on cigarette smoking, so theres more data to workwith there. Or it could be because smoking cigar Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Cigars | Cigarpass Cigar Discussion Forums

Diabetes And Cigars | Cigarpass Cigar Discussion Forums

Do we have any diabetics here who smoke? I have a friend who is interested in cigars and wants to start smoking them but he is a diabetic so I'm concerned if it will affect his health in anyway. Does anyone here have diabetes or may know what, if any, complications can follow? Do we have any diabetics here who smoke? I have a friend who is interested in cigars and wants to start smoking them but he is a diabetic so I'm concerned if it will affect his health in anyway. Does anyone here have diabetes or may know what, if any, complications can follow? I know tabacco can thin the blood, but thats when alot of niccotine is injested. It would depend on how severe the diabetis is. **EDIT** To say I'm no doctor, I just now diabetics who smoked cigarettes and we know cigars are less impact Smoking cigars are not the epitome of good health. Why compound one systemic problem with another? Cigars and cigarettes can cause vasoconstriction on the tiny vessels in the lower extremities as well as the heart. Coupled with the calcification of the arteries due to diabetes, the combination of the two can be detrimental to circulation of the lower extremities. I do alot of limb salvage and diabetes and smoking do not mix. The choice of indulging in one of the finer things in life is a personal choice.. I'm no medical expert but i did mention to my personal physician that i smoke at the most two cigars a day, i guess i should also mention that i take pills for my diabetes. According to my md there is no overwhelming problem. Talk to your physician, that's the best advice i can give. Wade, does your endo know you smoke cigars? If so, has he said anything about it? All that was said was that smoking in general is not a good idea. Of course we both chuckled because my Dr's a smoker too. He di Continue reading >>

Why Smoking Is Especially Bad If You Have Diabetes

Why Smoking Is Especially Bad If You Have Diabetes

Smoking is a health hazard for anyone, but for people with diabetes or a high risk of developing the disease, lighting up can contribute to serious health complications. Researchers have long known that diabetes patients who smoke have higher blood sugar levels, making their disease more difficult to control and putting them at greater danger of developing complications such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure and heart problems. Now a new study offers the most definitive evidence why: the nicotine in cigarettes. Xiao-Chuan Liu, a professor of chemistry at the California State Polytechnic University, presented results from his study of blood samples from smokers at the American Chemical Society national meeting and exposition. He found that nicotine, when added to human blood samples, raised levels of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) by as much as 34%. Liu expects a similar effect occurs with diabetic smokers, whom he hopes to test in a follow up study. Hemoglobin A1c — a combination of hemoglobin (which ferries oxygen) and glucose — is a standard indicator of blood sugar content in the body. Doctors always knew smoking can make diabetes worse, but, Liu says, “now we know why. It’s the nicotine. This study also implies that if you are a smoker, and not diabetic, that your chances of developing diabetes is higher.” The higher A1c levels rise in the blood, he says, the more likely it is that other protein complexes, which build up in various tissues of the body, from the eyes, heart and blood vessels, can form, leading to blockages in circulation and other complications. But perhaps more importantly, the results also suggest that nicotine replacement products such as patches and nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes, aren’t a safe option for diabetes patients Continue reading >>

Any Diabetic Cigar Smokers? - Puff Cigar Discussion Forums

Any Diabetic Cigar Smokers? - Puff Cigar Discussion Forums

I'm a T2 also...check my BG one or two times a day...may have one or two cigars a day, or one or two pipefuls a day, or one of each...haven't noticed any major problem with my blood sugar...I guess it might have more to do with how much you smoke in a day, but that's just a guess... There is as much water on Earth now as three billion years ago. While the amount of water has remained static, the amount of Tequila and Triple Sec available for making Margaritas has expanded enormously. So you see, we have made progress after all. I have Type 2 Diabetes and I haven't noticed any effect of smoking cigars on my glucose level. Of course everyone's body is different and you should do what you feel you have to to keep your blood sugar levels managed properly. The key is management..I take 2.5mg of glyburide with breakfast and 2000mg of metformin/glucophage (ER) at dinner...usually keeps me in the 90's fasting and 120-140 after meals...8 months ago ,my A1C was 9.9...now it's 6.7 and I'm going for lower... There is as much water on Earth now as three billion years ago. While the amount of water has remained static, the amount of Tequila and Triple Sec available for making Margaritas has expanded enormously. So you see, we have made progress after all. Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Cigars

Diabetes And Cigars

I'm having a couple general questions about cigars. First off, I'm not a heavy smoker, I guess I'm not a smoker at all. But sometimes I feel like I'd like to smoke a cigar. That wasn't a problem before I was diagnosed, for obvious reasons. But not that I'm monitoring certain things, I notice variations in my numbers. I've only smoked 2 cigars since being diagnosed, but noticed my blood sugar going up after that and staying high for a day or two before coming back to normal again. Considering that my carb and insulin input are the same as they would usually be. So it seems like my body is not able to use the insulin like it normally would when I also got the nicotine in my system. Any tricks you guys could share? Besides not smoking I have the very occasional cigar (1 ever 5 years or so, so very occasional). I found out that I liked cigars from my hols in Cuba (I mean where else would you want to try this!), lazing on a sun lounger until my darling husband (who hates smoking in any form, including sniffing the bbq) promptly had a bit of a hissy outburst and took it away from me! Must say never really noticed any difference in blood sugar but I wouldn't really, 1 in every 5 years. Interestingly if you do what you do without the cigar you are doing RELAXATION. Big breath in, hold for a second or two, then slowly breathe out .... and repeat. This is my world view, both as an individual and as a therapist... Along this journey we call life we learn, we learn what's good for us, we learn what's bad for us. At some point we know we have choices, we have decisions to make. I have been diabetic for over 40 years and have spent every day of my life (I was born with T1 diabetes) doing and making the best decisions for me. I know what's best for me, what isn't, the difference and Continue reading >>

Occasional Cigar

Occasional Cigar

Member T1 Diabetes. On a Tandew T-Slim pump & Dexcom CGM I do not smoke cigarettes. Never have and never will. I do on occasion enjoy a cigar. (Small ones) No more then one a day and would be on the weekend especially in the fall in NY. Anyone know how bad that is for me as a T1? Does it have a bearing on BG levels? D.D. Family T1 for 54 years - on Pump since 03/2008 Member T1 Diabetes. On a Tandew T-Slim pump & Dexcom CGM Member T1 Diabetes. On a Tandew T-Slim pump & Dexcom CGM Promised myself when diagnosed in June this year with adult onset t1 that I would not change too much and the occasional cigar is my guilty pleasure. D.D. Family Type-3c/1b, Dx 79 On MDI, CKD-3, SA I enjoy an occasional cigar but I smoke a pipe every day, its my pacifier, tranquilizer and security blanket all in one. Its never affected my diabetes. My lungs and coronary arteries are not only good but better than many NON-smokers...........Go Figure? My heart valve issues started long before I started smoking....... .................................................. ................................................ I DO NOT smoke cigarettes, never have. They have more chemicals than I care to try and count, plus pipe and cigars are NOT meant to be inhaled into your lungs. I usually smoke a vanilla-cherry blend I mix at at 50/50.......... Fumare La Pipa! type-3c (Pancreatitis) on MDI, CKD-3, RRMS, Multiple Sclerosis w/bilateral stage-3 Meniere's mimic, Psoriasis, Thyroid, AFIB, Rheumatic Fever Heart disease, More than 10 long standing Dawson's Fingers (MS pot-holes) in brain, spinal lesions, spinal stenosis and carpel tunnel. Continue reading >>

New Risk Of Smoking Found For Type 1

New Risk Of Smoking Found For Type 1

You may already know that smoking increases the risk for Type 2 diabetes, and that it can increase a person’s risk of diabetes complications such as circulation problems, nerve damage, and kidney disease. A recent study, however, looked at people with Type 1 diabetes and found a link between smoking and severe hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood glucose levels). The study, published in the June issue of the journal Diabetes Care, analyzed data collected from 537 people with Type 1 diabetes who participated in the Wisconsin Epidemiologic Study of Diabetic Retinopathy. The researchers divided these people into three groups: those who had never smoked (58%), those who had smoked in the past but quit successfully at least one year before the study (27%), and those who currently smoked (15%). After adjusting for factors such as age, sex, HbA1c, alcohol consumption, waist-to-hip ratio, intensive insulin treatment, and history of severe hypoglycemia, the researchers found that people who currently smoked had almost three times the risk of experiencing severe hypoglycemia than those who had never smoked. For the purposes of the study, severe hypoglycemia was defined as loss of consciousness or being hospitalized overnight because of hypoglycemia. The researchers theorized that smoking may possibly cause too much insulin to build up in the blood, leading to low blood glucose levels. In addition, smoking can increase the body’s secretion of certain hormones that work against the action of insulin, leading smokers to need to inject more insulin, thereby increasing their risk of hypoglycemia. For an online guide and support system for quitting smoking, please visit www.smokefree.gov. Continue reading >>

Cigars And Diabetes: Okay, Bad, Or Terrible?

Cigars And Diabetes: Okay, Bad, Or Terrible?

Cigars and Diabetes: Okay, Bad, or Terrible? Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Cigars and Diabetes: Okay, Bad, or Terrible? Hi, i'm brand new here so sorry if i'm putting this in the wrong category but i have a question i've been trying to find the answer to for days now. Cigars; how bad are they for diabetics? I really want to start smoking them every once in a while (once or twice a week max) but before i even get started on the habbit, i'm trying to find out just how bad for my health they'd really be. Anyone on here able to help me out on this? Thanks. If info on my condition would help answer this question, i'm a 19 year old type 1.5 on Metformin who does not take insulin (yet). Perfect cholesterol, perfect blood pressure, horrible BG levels (normally between 135 and 400), and an unknown A1C although i'll be getting that tested tomorrow. And surprisingly, the one time i did smoke a cheap gas station cigar, it actually lowered my BG's i stead of raising them. No clue how that happenned but it was a positive in my view, although possibly a fluke. Why destroy a set of 19year old lungs & why would anyone these days start something u that will become addictive. Do you really want to alienate yourself from others with that odour. What do you think you will get from smoking? But if you really want to know - they amputate legs because of smoking and also because of bad BG control. So by choosing to smoke with diabetes you are double dipping in the lucky lottery for amputations. Aren't cigars tobacco? And tobacco is bad no matter its form... cigars, cigarettes, or chewing. My father switched from cigarettes to cigars and died fro Continue reading >>

Cigars And Diabetics - Cigar Asylum Cigar Forum

Cigars And Diabetics - Cigar Asylum Cigar Forum

I came across this when I got sick twice this week and could not figure out why my blood sugar was through the roof. I hope this information will help someone out before something bad happens this only happened after smoking 4 or more cigars. I don't get high blood sugar when I smoke one or two. Smoking Cigars can raise your blood sugar level. For most people, this statement is of little consequence. But if you are a diabetic, it is a myth you have probably wondered about, and rightly so. How can smoking a cigar raise your blood sugar level after all? It just doesnt seem to make sense. Fact or Fiction: Unfortunately, this one is true. Cigars, and any form of tobacco, does indeed raise blood sugar levels. More specifically, nicotine is the culprit behind the increased sugars. So if you are a diabetic, and you notice that you feel sick or light-headed after smoking, or cant figure out why your glucose meter insists your sugars are higher than your eating habits suggest they should be, you need look no further. Location: Boca Raton - North of La Habana I chuckle because after reading this, I was intrigued and googled more information. Much to my surprise, our "old home" (puffer fish world) comes up as having this information you have quoted as part of an article they posted. What I found amusing was that they also had this in the same article. Myth One: Cuban cigars are hand rolled on the thighs of virgin women. This is probably my favorite story. It invokes women in the field, with their dresses hiked up over their bronzed, silky smooth thighs, their fingers daintily rolling up the best smokes the world has ever known. And of course these women are all beautiful and virgins and will never tell you to take out the garbage. And that virginity, that untapped sexual power, s Continue reading >>

Nicotine And Blood Sugar A Dangerous Combo

Nicotine And Blood Sugar A Dangerous Combo

March 28, 2011 (Anaheim, Calif.) -- Nicotine appears to be the main culprit responsible for high blood sugar levels in smokers with diabetes, according to new research presented here at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society. Those constantly high blood sugar levels, in turn, increase the risk of serious diabetes complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and nerve damage. ''If you have diabetes and if you are a smoker, you should be concerned about this," says Xiao-Chuan Liu, PhD, a researcher at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, who spoke about his findings at a news conference Sunday. In his laboratory study, he exposed human blood samples to nicotine. The nicotine raised the level of hemoglobin A1c, a measure of blood sugar control. The higher the nicotine dose, the more the A1c level rose. For years, doctors have known that smokers who have diabetes tend to have poorer blood sugar control than nonsmokers with diabetes. However, until Liu's study, he says, no one could say for sure which of the more than 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke was responsible. About 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, although 7 million of those are undiagnosed. Liu took red blood cells from people and treated them in the laboratory with glucose and nicotine at various concentrations. To measure the effects of the nicotine on the levels of blood sugar, he used the hemoglobin A1c blood test. This test measures the average blood sugar control for the previous three months or so. The higher the test results, the more uncontrolled the blood sugar is. Liu used doses of nicotine comparable to what would be found in the blood of smokers. The levels of nicotine he used in the lab would corresp Continue reading >>

Smoking And Diabetes

Smoking And Diabetes

What Is Diabetes? Diabetes is a group of diseases in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal. Most of the food a person eats is turned into glucose (a kind of sugar) for the body’s cells to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin that helps glucose get into the body’s cells. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use the insulin very well. Less glucose gets into the cells and instead builds up in the blood.1 There are different types of diabetes. Type 2 is the most common in adults and accounts for more than 90% of all diabetes cases. Fewer people have type 1 diabetes, which most often develops in children, adolescents, or young adults.2 How Is Smoking Related to Diabetes? We now know that smoking causes type 2 diabetes. In fact, smokers are 30–40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. And people with diabetes who smoke are more likely than nonsmokers to have trouble with insulin dosing and with controlling their disease.3 The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk for type 2 diabetes.3 No matter what type of diabetes you have, smoking makes your diabetes harder to control. If you have diabetes and you smoke, you are more likely to have serious health problems from diabetes. Smokers with diabetes have higher risks for serious complications, including:4 Heart and kidney disease Poor blood flow in the legs and feet that can lead to infections, ulcers, and possible amputation (removal of a body part by surgery, such as toes or feet) Retinopathy (an eye disease that can cause blindness) Peripheral neuropathy (damaged nerves to the arms and legs that causes numbness, pain, weakness, and poor coordination) If you are a smoker with diabetes, quitting Continue reading >>

Cigars And The Sugers/diabetes - General Discussion - Cigarbid Forums

Cigars And The Sugers/diabetes - General Discussion - Cigarbid Forums

CigarBid Forums Miscellaneous General Discussion CIGARS AND THE SUGERS/DIABETES Last post 3 years ago by DrafterX . 41 replies replies. IS THERE ANY ONE HERE THAT HAS DIABETES AND LOVES CIGARS DO YOU HAVE TRUBLE WITH THE CIGARS . trouble? yes, i can't afford ALL of them. trouble? yes, i can't afford ALL of them. question for the poster ... what sort of trouble were you thinking of ??? there are some studies that indicate that smoking can increase both your risk of developing diabetes, as well as causing/increasing the complications of diabetes. Seems that most studies that I am aware of looked at heavy cigarette smokers. Seems to me that same would apply to heavy cigar smoking. What affect moderate smoking would have is really unknown as far as I know. Results As smoking increased, the rate of diabetes increased for both men and women. Among those who smoked 2 packs per day at baseline, men had a 45% higher diabetes rate than men who had never smoked; the comparable increase for women was 74%. Quitting smoking reduced the rate of diabetes to that of non-smokers after 5 years in women and after 10 years in men. Cigarette smoking and diabetes mellitus: evidence of a positive association from a large prospective cohort study; Int. J. Epidemiol. (2001) 30 (3): 540-546. thanks for the replys i am not a cigerete smoker and never have been so that is a + some times i smoke a cigar a day but eather times mabe 3 a week i was wondering if smokeing cigairs would raise my suger level i realy dont want to stop smokeing. BEENE thanks for the replys i am not a cigerete smoker and never have been so that is a + some times i smoke a cigar a day but eather times mabe 3 a week i was wondering if smokeing cigairs would raise my suger level i realy dont want to stop smokeing. BEENE Uhhhhmm Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Smoking

Diabetes And Smoking

Tweet The information that smoking is bad for us is everywhere, but for diabetics, smoking can be even more damaging. Beyond the usual reasons, why shouldn’t I smoke if I have diabetes? Smoking is now proven to be an independent risk factor for diabetes, and amongst diabetics it increases the risk of complications. Diabetes complications already include heart disease, stroke and circulation problems. Smoking adds to the risk of developing all of these things. In some cases, smoking can double the likelihood of these conditions, as well as doubling the chances of suffering from kidney problems and erectile dysfunction. For type 2 diabetics, the major cause of death is cardiovascular disease. How does smoking increase my heart disease risk as a diabetic? Smoking and diabetes both increase the risk of heart disease in very similar ways, and so when combined, they greatly exacerbate the chances of suffering a heart related condition such as a heart attack or stroke. Both high levels of glucose in the blood and smoking damage the walls of the arteries in such a way that fatty deposits can build up much easier. As this occurs, the blood vessels narrow and make circulating blood much harder. When this happens to the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood and therefore oxygen) a heart attack can occur. Similarly, a stroke is when not enough blood can get to the brain, and so anything that may limit blood flow increases the risks of a stroke. High blood glucose levels also have this effect on the blood vessels and blood flow, so if you smoke when you have diabetes, you are putting yourself at a much greater risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. I am not diabetic, but I am a smoker. Could smoking lead me to develop diabetes? Smoking is als Continue reading >>

Cigars And Health: What You Should Know

Cigars And Health: What You Should Know

In an increasingly health conscious world, many people want to know how cigars will affect their overall health. In this article I'll discuss the risks associated with cigar smoking and how you can reduce those risks. First of all, let's get this straight; cigar smoking is not a healthy activity. Anybody who thinks it is probably missed the day in grade school where the teacher talked about common sense. We don't smoke cigars because they're healthy, we do it because we personally enjoy them, because smoking cigars with friends and acquaintances is a great social activity or celebratory activity and because collecting cigars and their accoutrements can be a fun and interesting hobby. That said, cigar smoking doesn't necessarily have to translate into high risk for morbidity or mortality. Consider first of all that "health," whatever it may mean, is never static. In other words, you don't suddenly one day achieve health and then never have to worry about it again. Health is always on a sliding scaleit's dynamic. Sometimes you're healthier and sometimes less healthy. The risks that are associated with smoking fall in to three camps: those related to your genetics, those related to your specific lifestyle practices and those related to your pattern of smoking. Cigar smoking is a lot like eating food and drinking alcohol. The risk of suffering from a disease associated with these practices is related not only to what you consume, but how much you consume. Eating a hamburger with French fries and a Soda is unlikely to kill you. What leads to poor health and eventual disease is eating that same meal day-in and day-out for 20 years. There is usually a pattern of excess that is configured in a dose-response relationship between unhealthy practices (or healthy ones) and disease Continue reading >>

The Effects Of Nicotine On Blood Glucose Levels

The Effects Of Nicotine On Blood Glucose Levels

Nicotine is a plant compound that contains both stimulant and relaxation properties when ingested. Common recreational uses of nicotine include cigarette and cigar smoking and the use of chewing tobacco. Regardless of the source, nicotine is linked to an increase in blood glucose levels, as nicotine impairs insulin action and prompts the body to make extra glucose. Because of these effects, nicotine use has an impact on blood glucose control, making it problematic for individuals with diabetes. Video of the Day Nicotine Increases Glucose Production Nicotine causes an increase in the body's production of catecholamines, which include hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine. These hormones are produced when the body is under emotional and physical stress. They affect the body in several ways -- increasing heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and blood glucose levels, while also causing the breakdown of fat and the increase of blood fat levels. Catecholamine production can also decrease appetite and increase the amount of calories burned -- which may help explain why weight gain is common when people stop smoking. Nicotine Affects Insulin Action Smokers who have diabetes are more likely than their non-smoking counterparts to have impaired insulin action, also known as insulin resistance. Nicotine use is linked to an increase in abdominal fat, which is another way it can interfere with the effectiveness of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that removes excess glucose from the blood, so impaired insulin action is a major cause of high blood glucose levels. Insulin resistance causes the body to make more insulin to keep blood glucose controlled, and if the body cannot keep up with this increased demand for insulin, blood glucose levels increase. This can lead to p Continue reading >>

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