In the last decade, vaping – or e-cigarette use – has skyrocketed in popularity as cigarettes slowly were deemed out of vogue.
Vaping has been marketed as a way to transition out of smoking or tobacco use completely. While, it has been identified as safer than smoking, it has never been consequence free, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Now scientists are learning that the risks of e-cigarettes are much worse than originally thought. In a new study published by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, those who vape habitually are at an increased risk of developing diabetes.
Those who use e-cigarettes are often found to have a condition called prediabetes – where a person has higher than normal blood sugar but is not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes.
If left untreated, prediabetes can easily become diabetes, but can be cured with a few lifestyle changes. Diabetes can lead to loss of vision and complete blindness, loss of limbs, increased risk of stroke and heart disease, kidney disease and more.
What links e-cigarettes to the development of prediabetes is still unknown, however what we do know is that nicotine is often a contributing factor in blood sugar spikes in smokers.
While vaping doesn’t necessarily have to involve nicotine, it is still a popular and also addictive substance to smoke.
Those most likely impacted by the threat of diabetes, directly linked back to vaping are the youngest members of our families.
Vaping is most popular with young adults aged 18-29, according to a Gallup Poll. 17% of all people aged 18 to 29 vape. This is three times the national average.
The American Journal of Preventative Medicine study back up this claim, saying that e-cigarette use is rising rapidly amongst young adults and adolescence. Frankly said, they are hooked, and they can’t stop vaping.
According to WebMD, “The convenience of e-cigarettes, which are often allowed indoors, might make it difficult for smokers to resist them. The variety of e-cig flavors might also be adding to their popularity, especially among teens.”
So, talk to your kids, your grandkids, and make sure they are aware of the dangers of vaping and smoking tobacco. The best way to stop vaping, is to never start in the first place.