Diabeteszorg Online



Instructional Videos

Does alcohol and tabacco use increase my risk for type 2 diabetes?

Yes it does. Alcohol and tobacco use may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.


Everyone knows cigarette smoking is bad, but it can also lead to type 2 diabetes. People that smoke cigarettes have double the changes to develop type 2 diabetes.

Tobacco use can lead to insulin resistance because nicotin can increase the blood sugar level and can lead to a higher risk of diabetes. Other chemicals in tobacco can damage the blood vessel. If you smoke you are 40% more likely to get type 2 diabetes than people who don’t smoke.

Quitting smoking is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your health. This is true no matter how old you are or how long you have smoked. It is never too late to quit.


Alcohol use has complex effect on your heart, artery and many more parts of the body. High consumptions of alcohol levels will lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases such as a heart attack and type 2 diabetes.

The Dutch Healthcare Federation says people should limit their alcohol-related risks by drinking in moderation. The definition of moderate alchohol use: 1 serving per day, not every day. Preferably no alcohol intake at all. In the end alcohol is toxic to the human body.

When drinking alcohol is combined with medication that treats diabetes, very low blood sugar can be the result (hypoglycemia). Too much alcohol may cause chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which can also lead to diabetes.

Also read about: