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How can quitting smoking prevent diabetes-related eyesight complications?

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Smoking damages your blood vessels and raises your odds of eye problems, which are already higher because you have diabetes. If you smoke, get help from your doctor, a support group, or a smoking cessation program so you have strength to quit -- and stay smoke-free. The American Cancer Society and other groups sponsor 800-QUIT-NOW, a web site and phone service that gives free advice and support for quitting smoking.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Eye Complications," "Eye Care."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Keep Your Eyes Healthy," "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

CDC: "2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet," "Take Charge of Your Diabetes," "Diabetes Health Concerns."

National Diabetes Education Program: "Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care," "4 Steps To Control Your Diabetes. For Life."

Smokefree.gov.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Eye Complications," "Eye Care."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Keep Your Eyes Healthy," "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

CDC: "2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet," "Take Charge of Your Diabetes," "Diabetes Health Concerns."

National Diabetes Education Program: "Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care," "4 Steps To Control Your Diabetes. For Life."

Smokefree.gov.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 13, 2017

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