It’s widely known that smoking tobacco cigarettes is obviously a health hazard, but for diabetics who smoke or people of high risk of developing the disease, it’s much worse. However, there are benefits of electronic cigarettes for diabetics.
For a long time doctors knew smoking made diabetes worse, but they were not sure which of the 4,000 chemicals in tobacco cigarettes were responsible. That is until a Professor did a study that exposed human blood samples to nicotine. The Professor found that nicotine raised the level of hemoglobin A1c (Measure of blood sugar control). The normal A1c level is 4.5 to 6 percent. Studies showed that nicotine caused levels of A1c to rise by as much as 34 percent in a diabetic smoker.
Now that we know that nicotine causes problems with controlling blood sugar levels, lets look further into the risk of serious complications. Researchers have learned that diabetic people who smoke have higher blood sugar levels and their disease is more difficult to control. Complications consist of blindness, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and nerve damage.
Some doctors even warn diabetics from using electronic cigarettes. The reason is, it is considered a nicotine delivery system by means of a mixed solution that contains nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and assorted flavorings. This solution is referred to as E-Liquid. However, many do not know that this e-liquid doesn’t always have nicotine. In fact, there are many electronic cigarette users who aren’t addicted nor use nicotine, but still continue to use them. These type of e-cig users or “vapers”, call themselves “No-Nic Vapers” – referred from an electronic cigarette user who uses the same e-liquid as others, but without nicotine.
Cigarettes are not safe for anyone. However, if a person is already smoking, diabetic or not, it is possible that the e-cigarettes are a little safer for them. Yes, they are still getting nicotine, but they are not getting carbon monoxide nor most of the carcinogens found in cigarette smoke. While it is better not to smoke at all, if you feel you must, e-cigarettes may be a safer equivalent to cigarettes.
An Electronic Cigarette (E-Cig) is a battery-powered device that vaporizes a liquid (E-Liquid) solution, simulating the act of tobacco smoking. Typically a smoker would think that the nicotine is the only addiction to a tobacco cigarette, but in reality, it’s a combination of addictive chemicals and actions. There are more than 4,000 chemicals in a tobacco cigarette, and very few, but very addictive and repetitive actions. These actions or smoking cessations are the repetitive inhaling of smoke, holding a cigarette, hand to mouth and many more.
With an e-cigarette the user can simulate the act of smoking, but with or without nicotine. And of course, the e-cigarette user will also be eliminating the other 4,000 harmful chemicals in a tobacco cigarette. The user can continue the repetitiveness of hand to mouth movements, the act of holding a cigarette, along with many other said actions, like inhaling and exhaling smoke (or in this case, vapor).
The great thing about electronic cigarettes is the ability of control when using an e-cig or as some call it “Vaping”. The user has the ability to control the amount of power the device outputs, depending on the type of electronic cigarette being used. In addition, the user can also control the draw and resistance of an atomizer, which in turn can increase or decrease the amount of vapor being produced. With this type of control, the e-cigarette user can continually maintain a level of satisfaction that they’ve once enjoyed with tobacco cigarettes.
The benefits of electronic cigarettes for diabetics is that they can still receive the same amount of satisfaction and enjoyment that they have become accustomed to, but not forced to deal with the same serious risks that come with tobacco cigarettes. Diabetics that once enjoyed this act of smoking can continue, but now with a choice of nicotine or “no-nic”.
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In this Live Poll I would like to know how many current diabetic smokers would like to continue the same amount of satisfaction they receive from smoking, but without the harmful contents of a tobacco cigarette. Maybe these results will encourage diabetic smokers to give electronic cigarettes a try and to show them other diabetic smokers are willing to as well.
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Personal POV: I would like to thank my Father In-law for the idea and interest in this article. Though he doesn’t smoke nor vape, he is very much still concerned for people with diabetes, as he is one himself.
I know that smoking is not only addictive, but there is a sense of enjoyment also. I was interested in this topic because I feel that electronic cigarettes can provide diabetics with the same enjoyment of smoking, but without the nicotine in e-liquid.
– Eric E.