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What does smoking do when I have diabetes?
Smoking and diabetes are a bad health mix. On its own, diabetes damages your circulation, which reduces the amount of oxygen and vital nutrients that are able to reach your limbs. Smoking negatively impacts your lungs and heart, decreasing the amount of oxygen you’re able to take in and use. These two together dramatically cut the oxygen that is available for your body, especially your feet. This causes the tissues in your lower limbs to weaken and become more likely to suffer serious, if not permanent, injuries.
Smoking causes enough damages on its own. When paired with diabetes, it can be a dangerous habit. Don’t take your lower limbs for granted. If you have diabetes and you smoke, have your feet examined and discuss possibilities for quitting with your health team. Dr. Sanjay Patel and our staff here at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. will be more than happy to help you care for your feet and begin a path to better health. Submit an online request on our website or call either of our offices to reach us: (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.