Nicotine may increase diabetes complications

March 28, 2011 2:50:53 PM PDT
Smoking isn't good for anyone, but there's new proof that people with diabetes can suffer greater complications from the disease if they smoke cigarettes.

Researchers from California State Polytechnic University have found that nicotine raises blood sugar levels.

High blood sugar levels are linked to eye and kidney disease, along with other complications from diabetes.

Scientists also suggest diabetics limit their use of nicotine patches and other replacement products.