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A 38-year-old member asked:

how does smoking affect my diabetes?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Be a quiter!: The most important thing you can do for yourself is to stop smoking. Think of diabetes as a vascular illness. It promotes clogging of your arteries and leads to heart attacks and strokes and peripheral vascular disease. Smoking greatly accelerates this process.
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Many ways: For example, the combination great increases your risk of heart disease. The combo can greatly affect your circulation and lead to losing goes and amputations. It's a bad combo. :/.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
See below: Smoking increases production of stress hormones (your body wants to fight the toxins you're inhaling). Stress hormones cause increased glucose production ("fight or flight") which exacerbates diabetes. More importantly, smoking causes increased inflammation in your arteries. Diabetes does this too. So, now, you have double arterial inflammation - increasing heart attack & stroke risk.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I have diabetes, am I more susceptible to ecthyma gangrenosum?

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Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Luanswered
Family Medicine 7 years experience
To a certain extent: Ecthyma gangrenosum is a skin lesion that manifests during a severe pseudomonas infection that has spread to the bloodstream. Pseudomonas infections of this kind rarely happen in patients that are not severely immunocompromised, but can occur if a wound gets infected. Patients with diabetes do tend to get wound infections more readily, esp if they do not follow proper prevention and wound care.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Are people with diabetes at more risk for complications with tapeworms?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Anyone with diabetes is at an increased risk from any infection including parasite infection. Diabetics have a weaker immune system, poor wound healing, poorer nutrition absorption, greater risk of liver, kidney, heart and vascular disease.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I manage diabetes during the holidays?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Eat well: Just maintain your normal healthy eating habits, keep your portion sizes small and try your best to avoid all the junk.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is any type of diabetes hereditary?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes type 2 diabetes: If one identical twin has type 2 diabetes, it is 95 percent likely that the other twin will also develop type 2 diabetes.
A 44-year-old male asked:

I am a type II diabetic I have been off medication for almost 3 years and I will like to know does diabetes ever go away?

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Dr. Ish Rawal
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
No: Diabetes is coming from either lack of Insulin production or body cells being resistant to insulin. In either case medicine can help to fix the deficit. But, diabetes doesn't go away. Some people are able to control it probably like you with diet and exercise though.

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