Smoking and Type 2 Diabetes

Universal blue circle symbol for diabetes
Universal blue circle symbol for diabetes
Recent studies over the past few years has shown that smokers are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and if you are inactive the risk is even higher. However, by quitting smoking and getting physically active you can in fact decrease the risk.

Regular exercise strongly reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Compared to inactive people those that engage in regular moderate activity have a significantly lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Moderate activity is defined as 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes per week. Doing aerobic activity improves cardiovascular health and helps to control blood glucose levels, even in persons that already have type 2 diabetes.

It can’t be discussed enough that quitting smoking is the best thing that you can do for your health and the health of those around you. But don’t stop there! Getting up and getting physically active can help you quit smoking while improving your health at the same time. Have you ever seen anyone leave the gym and light up? Most likely not… Exercising decreases cravings and is a great way to combat the urge to smoke when quitting.

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