Smoking and Diabetes
February 5, 2019
A 2018 study published in the journal Radiology shows that diabetes and smoking cigarettes have something in common. Specifically, both conditions increase risk for brain calcifications.
Calcification is a buildup of calcium that occurs in different parts of the body. The same way calcium contributes to the hardness of teeth and bones, it can also harden soft tissue and arteries.
This study showed both smoking and diabetes can lead to calcification in the brain. Specifically, they affect the hippocampus, the part of the brain linked to memory.
One of the reasons this finding is concerning is that damage to the hippocampus can lead to Alzheimer's disease.
It's safe to say that if you have diabetes, it's a good idea to quit smoking.
Of course, that's easier said than done.
Something simple you can do is visit your doctor for regular blood tests to evaluate your calcium levels.
Also, ask your doctor if medications you're taking might be increasing your calcium levels. Request personalized advice on your diet and optimal calcium intake.
Are you currently smoking? What are your thoughts on this study?