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Protect the lungs and airways by stopping smoking - especially with diabetes and because of corona
Researchers recently pointed out that people who smoke are more susceptible to severe COVID-19 courses. Therefore, especially in Corona times, it is recommended to keep your hands off cigarettes. Smoking cessation also has a positive effect on diabetics.
Conventional tobacco consumption, but possibly also the so-called vaping of e-cigarettes, can increase the risk of a severe course of infection in COVID-19 due to their lung-damaging effects. This is indicated by diabetesDE - German Diabetes Aid on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, 2020 and provides tips on how to stop smoking in a current message.
Tobacco use particularly dangerous for people with diabetes
As the non-profit organization diabetesDE - Deutsche Diabetes-Hilfe writes on its website, every third man and fourth woman in Germany smokes over 15 years of age.
According to the experts, men with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have a two to four times higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, and it is even up to six times higher for women than for people without diabetes.
"Cigarette consumption increases this further and promotes arteriosclerosis," explains Professor Dr. med. Thomas Haak, board member of diabetesDE and chief physician at the Diabetes Center Mergentheim. The consequences can include a heart attack or stroke.
Conversely, previously metabolically healthy smokers develop twice as often type 2 diabetes as non-smokers. Because smoking lowers the sensitivity of the body cells to insulin and thus favors the development of insulin resistance.
The tobacco industry is now increasingly promoting e-cigarettes and tobacco heaters. Vaping with nicotine is also addictive and even nicotine-free variants can harm your health.
Lung function is improved
In addition, there is the health risk from the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the associated disease COVID-19.
"People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who stop smoking or vaping benefit in many ways: In addition to their lung function, they also improve their metabolism," says Professor Haak.
"This prevents cardiovascular events and also a severe course of a possible COVID-19 disease," emphasizes the expert.
If you want to quit smoking, you can use weaning aids such as chewing gum and plasters from the pharmacy.
Many people also rely on acupuncture, hypnosis, relaxation techniques or homeopathy. Everyone should look for their individual therapy here.
In addition, smoking cessation programs from doctor's surgeries, adult education centers or health insurance companies offer to get rid of the glow stick permanently with the support and advice of experts. (ad)
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