Smoking and diabetes: the connection between 2 U.S. epidemics
The increase in diabetes in the U.S. to epidemic levels has gained a lot of attention in recent years. Over 29 million Americans have the disease and many more—1 in 3 adults—are at risk of developing it in the next five years (known as pre-diabetes).
Diabetes and smoking are two of the biggest public health challenges of our time, and they are connected in some surprising ways. Smoking increases the risk of developing diabetes and the risk of organ damage from the disease.
To learn more about the connection between smoking and diabetes, we turned to the experts behind BecomeAnEX®, a digital quit-smoking program by Truth Initiative® and developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic.
For more information on smoking and diabetes, and to make a quit plan, visit BecomeAnEX.org. On the site, you can connect with others in the EX Community who have quit smoking while managing their diabetes.