Making a Plan for Quitting Smoking
People with diabetes may have a harder time quitting smoking than those without the condition, a study found. According to data collected between 2001 and 2010, people with diabetes tried to quit 13 percent more often than those without the disease, yet people without diabetes had more success in actually quitting. A diabetes diagnosis may prompt people to try to quit smoking, leading to increased attempts because it often takes several tries to ditch smoking. Other evidence shows that smokers are less engaged with their diabetes care, which may account for the lower success rates. Interpreting the data is also complicated by research that suggests smoking may increase the risk for developing diabetes. If you need help quitting, talk to your health care provider and make a plan that includes setting a date, finding cessation aids that are right for you, and tackling the issues that have kept you from quitting.
Source: Preventing Chronic Disease, Sept. 19, 2013