(Music) Announcer: Welcome to Your Health with Joan Lunden. Presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Joan Lunden: Hi, I’m Joan Lunden. Today we are talking about how smoking dramatically increases your chances of developing diabetes. And we’re joined by Dr. Ann Albright, Director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. Good to have you here. Ann Albright: Thank you. Joan Lunden: What’s the link here? How does smoking affect people with diabetes? Ann Albright: Smokers are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and if you have diabetes and you’re a smoker, you’re much more likely to have difficulty controlling your diabetes, and you’re more likely to develop those serious complications. Joan Lunden: I can’t help but think of my brother, I mean, he was a heavy smoker as a young person, developed type 2 diabetes late 20s, had all these complications, the vision, the operations on his hands, eventually gangrene on his feet, but he didn’t stop smoking. He tried a few times, but this is so difficult for people. Ann Albright: Well, it’s good to know that half of the adults in the US have stopped smoking. It is difficult, and so that means you need supports around you, family and friends to help out, there are various products that people can use, and very importantly, there is a quit line, 1-800-QUITNOW. It’s very likely you’re going to have to try multiple times to stop smoking. Joan Lunden: That’s an important point, cause I think sometimes people try and they don’t make it, and then they feel totally defeated. But most people do try multiple times before they ever stop, right? Ann Albright: That’s right, absolutely right. Joan Lunden: So, for those people out there smoking, that are watching us right now, and you know smoking’s not good for you, but what do you have to say to them? Ann Albright: Certainly, don’t give up! Keep trying, it’s worth it. And if you’re not a smoker, don’t start. Joan Lunden: I mean, when we’re talking about losing a leg, or losing your sight, this is very serious. Thank you so much. If you’re a smoker, or if you have a loved one who is, give them the support. It’s never been more important to quit, and it can be difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone. You can log on to cdc.gov/diabetesTV. Thanks for watching, I’m Joan Lunden. (music) Announcer: Sponsored by NACDD, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit cdc.gov/diabetesTV

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