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   Posted 4/14/2007 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah  Hi Guys -  It's me -  Just reporting in.    I have now been two months without a cigarette -   This has been tough cos I was such a heavy smoker -  I am finding that quitting smoking is having huge impact on my diabetes.  I no longer have those stabbing pains in my feet -  I was sooo worried about them.    My sugars are only slightly high now.   Most of the time - normal but still have the odd high one - dont really understand why.    The biggest relief for me is that I havent put on ANY weight (woohoo!!!)  I havent lost any either but thats ok.  How did I do this - well going for that daily half hour walked helped - so did meal plan - and my biggest secret - instead of rushing to the fridge for some gratification -  I bought myself a large bottle of OPI coconut Melon Avojuice hand lotion - very smelly and spicy -  when Ihave craving - lather the hand lotion and then smell my hands - does two things - makes soft hands and stops cravings.....   I am wondering how many other diabetics smoke and if they are trying to quit -  It really does make a huge difference.   Trust me - I know.....

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   Posted 4/14/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Sooooooooooo proud of you, Joules!!
Cheers -


age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 4/14/2007 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   

congrats Joules, i am a smoker and pre-diabetic (IFG & IGT) and use diet and exercise only so far. i had not thought of the possibility that blood sugar readings could be affected by smoking. i have set a quit date for May 11, 2007 and now look forward to seeing if i get any results like your own regarding my sugar readings.


thanks for sharing this


IFG and IGT, A1c 04/02/07 5.5, fasting glucose still 6.0-6.9

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   Posted 4/14/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there - not sure if giving up smoking actually reduces blood sugar - I think that was through diet exercise and meds - but I could be wrong there  - stopping smoking  does improve circulation however.  Diabetes and smoking are both contributing agents to poor circulation - as you know one of the big dangers for diabetic is neuropathy (think thats how you spell it) and there is great danger for amputation of extremities.   I am soooo glad you have set a quit date -  The best advice I ever got from this site was to check out a quit smoking support group -  I joined Quit Smoking Journals - they are a great bunch of people there and have certainly helped me.......    I cant tell you how much better I feel generally after getting my sugars under control - losing weight (25 lbs) and stopping smoking - it makes a ton of difference....... I lost the 25 lbs before I stopped smoking.........I was a two pack a day gal and quit cold turkey - just so you know - it is possible!!!!   I would be pleased to help you in any way I can....

Post Edited (joules) : 4/14/2007 3:41:36 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/16/2007 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Joules! You are so awesome! Congratulations on your continued success.
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