Nicotine link to diabetes
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.