Nico­tine link to di­a­betes

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

NICO­TINE may be re­spon­si­ble for se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions in smok­ers with di­a­betes. The ad­dic­tive chem­i­cal is strongly linked to per­sis­tently raised blood sugar lev­els among di­a­bet­ics. Sci­en­tists warn­ing of the dan­ger said any­one with di­a­betes should ‘‘ make ev­ery ef­fort’’ to quit smok­ing. There may also be im­pli­ca­tions for di­a­bet­ics at­tempt­ing to give up the habit who use nico­tine-re­place­ment ther­apy for ex­tended pe­ri­ods. Al­most three mil­lion peo­ple in the UK are di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes, and close to a mil­lion more may have the con­di­tion with­out know­ing it. Com­pli­ca­tions of the disease in­clude po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing heart at­tacks, strokes, kid­ney fail­ure and nerve dam­age.

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