Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Diabetes

Researchers find proof that smoking raises blood sugar levels

Category: Diabetes

For the first time, scientists have come up with hard evidence suggesting that diabetics who smoke are more likely to have unhealthy HbA1c test results indicating poor blood sugar control.

The California State Polytechnic University researchers said that doctors have known of associations between smoking and unhealthy blood sugar levels for years. Yet, there was little evidence to prove that substances in cigarette smoke actually caused these blood sugar spikes.

However, after treating human blood samples with levels of nicotine commonly found in smokers, they found that HbA1c levels did in fact increase, in some cases by up to 34 percent. The higher the nicotine levels were, the higher the HbA1c test scores rose.

"This is an important study," said Xiao-Chuan Liu, who led the investigation. "It is the first study to establish a strong link between nicotine and diabetes complications. If you're a smoker and have diabetes, you should be concerned and make every effort to quit smoking."

Additionally, Liu said that this could help doctors make more informed recommendations to their patients. 

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top