How Smoking Cigarattes affects your blood sugar levels ?


How smoking Cigarettes effects your blood sugar levels is your question, I would simply say in one line  Now the more important Question is how smoking cigarettes affects blood sugar levels?

because on a whole smokers eat less, when they smoke more their hunger is suppressed, if they eat less they are consuming less of glucose but still there are spikes in blood sugar levels , how is this justified  I am curious to know,, Are you curious to understand how smoking effects  blood sugar levels ?

Interesting part about smoking cigarettes which is not known to many smokers is

Nicotine is not as dangerous as Tar and fibers in the filter, Each individual filter is made of thousands of tiny fibers and During smoking, these fibers can come off into your mouth and be inhaled into your lungs.

Why does smoking cigarettes give you pleasure?

when the nicotine reaches your brain, nicotine acts on nerve receptors known as the nicotinic acetylcholinergic receptors, increasing levels of dopamine, a hormone like substance which acts as a neurotransmitter  in the reward systems of the brain. Thus tobacco use generates feelings of pleasure.

large increases of dopamine and acetylcholine in the brain a person gets from taking in nicotine makes the drug one of the most addictive in the world.


Smoking cigarettes increases cortisol levels in your body

why does body secrete more cortisol when a person smokes is not very well understood, but it is very much clear that body secretes this stress hormone when body senses some danger.

Cortisol is released in response to fear or stress by the adrenal glands as part of the fight-or-flight mechanism. The fight-or-flight mechanism is part of the general adaptation syndrome defined in 1936 by Canadian biochemist Hans Selye of McGill University in Montreal.

Under stressful conditions, cortisol provides the body with glucose by tapping into protein stores via gluconeogenesis in the liver. This energy can help an individual fight or flee a stressor (anything which made you stressed). However, elevated cortisol over the long term consistently produces glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels.

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Smoking cigarettes impairs insulin secretion & glucose absorption

In small concentrations nicotine increases the activity of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, these receptors provoke an increase in the levels of hormones known as catecholamines and these harmones provokes an increase in a person’s heart rate, blood pressure and breathing, as well as higher levels of blood glucose.

Catecholamines, as well as other hormones, such as glucagon and growth hormone, impair the action of insulin and can induce insulin insensitivity. In fact, it has been reported that, at the cellular level, catecholamines impair the pathways that are related to the production of insulin, and the activity and synthesis of the proteins that transport glucose to cells. It is possible then that nicotine impairs both insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion. So when you have a poor insulin sensitivity it results in high blood sugar levels again.

Smoking Cigarettes affects your blood sugar levels by inflammation

In recent studies exploring the relationship between elevated CRP levels and smoking-related diseases. It is found that tobacco smoke exposure is associated with increased levels of hsCRP. Cotinine (a nicotine metabolite), has consistently been used as a valid indicator of cigarette smoke exposure among the tobacco researchers. There is a direct link between inflammation inside your body and and Nicotine.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and the first step in healing, the immune system normally cools down once the damaged part in our body is repaired but in a person with chronic inflammation,  immune system tries to repair the body parts which do not require a repair.

Passive smoking is also highly dangerous

[easyazon_infoblock align=”right” cloak=”y” identifier=”B019XTIDZ2″ locale=”IN” localize=”y” tag=”readitt-21″]Whenever a friend / family member is smoking a cigarette, he is inhaling the smoke through a filter, these filters are supposed to filter tar so that the smoker will inhale less of these dangerous substance on the other hand passive smokers who do not have filter inhale the smoke directly, So passive smokers are taking in more dangerous smoke. Its time you take a decision not to accompany friends/family members who smoke.  SAY NO TO PASSIVE SMOKING.

if you smoke and are not able to give up smoking, you may use tar filter while you smoke.

A recent study by Benowitz et al. utilized cotinine to screen hospitalized patients and found that of individuals who denied smoking, 32% were found to have had significant smoke exposure , this indicates many of us are smoking passively

Smoking and Diabetes Complications

Heart and circulatory problems are the most common and deadly consequences of diabetes. Smoking fastens the process of vessels decaying along with diabetes. The vessels get injured by constantly higher sugar levels and resulting metabolic products. Body tries to heal the injured vessels rendering them more fragile and weak as a result of fibrosis and different deposits.

Due to the deposition of fatty material at the injured sites, vessels become narrow. This narrowing of vessels may lead to ischemic heart disease and stroke as heart and brain fail to get enough blood supply.

Furthermore, smoking is linked with both the development and progression of other diabetic complications like eye damage and kidney damage. Hence, it is wise to quit smoking to ensure a healthy body that is strong enough to control and get over the diabetes.

Are beedi cigarette/ huka/ sheeha safe?
Any sort of smoking, whether that may be beedi cigarette, huka or sheeha, is a big NO if you’re a diabetic. Keep away from any sort of smoking or drugs for your own good.

If you’re struggling with your sugar control, it is advisable to stay away from  smoking to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Are you addicted to smoking Cigarettes? You smoke 10 cigarettes per day but do not feel like you are addicted?? then take this simple test to know if you are addicted – Smoking Addiction Test

If you are serious about quitting smoking you must read the following books written by Allen carr, Allen Carr (1934-2006) was a chain-smoker for over 30 years. In 1983, after countless failed attempts to quit, he went from 100 cigarettes a day to zero without suffering withdrawal pangs, without using willpower and without gaining weight. He realised that he had discovered what the world had been waiting for – the Easy Way to Stop Smoking, and embarked on a mission to help cure the world’s smokers.

Tips to Reduce Smoking Cigarettes

Before reading about how to Quit smoking, first let us understand why it is necessary to quit smoking?

Smoking affects the body’s ability to absorb a variety of vitamins and minerals including calcium and vitamins C and D

Nicotine suppresses appetite because of its effect on the brain and the central nervous system. Nicotine does not damage a person’s health – it is the tar and carbon monoxide which causes the damage.

Tips to Quit/ reduce smoking

If you really want to quit smoking  read this article – how to stop smoking

If you don’t want to quit smoking- imagine or write for yourself  , what are the risks of smoking. Follow the tips below

  1. Consume Ginseng supplements.
  2. Include carrot, brinjal & cucumber in your diet / snacks.
  3. Whenever you feel like smoking cigarette try to eat few salted potato chips, salt will make you crave for less cigarettes..
  4. Get busy with your job / hobby because an empty brain provocates you to eat more, drink more and smoke more.
  5. Make new friends who don’t smoke or who have left smoking.
  6. You can use tar filter –
  7. Consume water kept in copper mug over night early in the morning.
  8. Do neti kriya , this will help draining out tar and other toxic compounds already deposited in the dhatus:
  9. take three tablets or one tablespoon of triphala every night, before

Allen Carr is now recognized as the world’s leading expert on helping smokers to quit, you may also see his website –

  • The Illustrated Easyway to Stop Smoking – costs INR 64 only 
  •  The Only Way to Stop Smoking Permanently – costs INR 463


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