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Nicotine Use Could Increase Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

Posted on March 9, 2016 by Disability Help Group

There are many factors that can contribute to developing type 2 diabetes, and nicotine could be a new addition to that list. Researchers at Lund University tested the effects of nicotine on insulin release and found a hindrance when they introduced the tobacco-produced chemical to the body.

Nicotine activates nicotinic acetylcholine receptors which influence the body’s normal insulin release rates. A specific genetic abnormality can render these nicotine-sensitive receptors dysfunctional, leading to a decreased in insulin secretion and an overall higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Simple data polls have revealed a connection between smoking and diabetes, but until now, the mechanisms that created the connection were unknown. With the knowledge of how the nicotine receptors contribute to insulin release, researchers may have a better idea of decreasing secretion hindrance and developing new treatments for improving or reversing type 2 diabetes.

Doctors have proven that the use of nicotine products increases the risk of cancers of the lungs, throat, mouth, and tongue. Additionally, smoking can lead to lung disease and cardiac diseases. Diabetes can also cause adverse circulation and heart problems, as well as increase the risk of infections. Both nicotine use and diabetes can increase mortality risk, as well as cause disabling conditions.

Find Out if Your Type 2 Diabetes Qualifies You for Social Security Disability Benefits

Many smoking-related conditions and complications of diabetes can render a person disabled. If you can no longer work and earn a substantial income due to your health, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Disability Help Group assists applicants for benefits with settling their claim or appealing a denied claim.

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