In June of 2018, the Journal of Clinical Medical Research reported on a study showing the reduction in protein levels in the urine of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after they stopped smoking. Too much aluminum, a kind of protein similar to egg white, escapes the kidneys and goes into the urine in diabetic kidney disease. Scientists at Jinnouchi Hospital and Kumamoto University Hospital in Kumamoto, Japan found lower the blood pressure, and the heartbeat rate in sufferers helped decrease the amount of aluminum in the urine.

Type 2 diabetes participants attending a stop-smoking clinic for three months were divided into two groups. Eighteen out of thirty-five of the participants stopped dead smoking …

  • those who quit produced a lowered blood pressure and pulse rate at one month or later after the program.
  • after one year the discontinued-smoking group had less aluminum in their urine than the smoking group.

From these results, the scientists concluded quitting smoking could be one way of slowing or stopping the progress of diabetic kidney disease by the reduction of the blood pressure reading and the heart rate.

The kidneys have many small blood vessels running through them, so they can clean the blood and remove excess fluid. When the blood pressure or heart rate is high, they put a strain on the kidneys …

  • people with Type 2 diabetes often develop high blood pressure. One way of treating kidney disease is by lowering blood pressure.
  • high blood sugar levels are another way way Having Type 2 diabetes can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys.

Worldwide 20 percent of men and 25 percent of women aged 65 to 74 have chronic kidney disease. Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure raise the risk of this condition. Smoking poses the threat of high blood pressure and a fast heart rate. This is one reason why it is vital people with Type 2 diabetes (and the rest of us), not smoke. Programs are available to help smokers stop …

  • the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking is one. Call 1-800-LUNGUSA for guides, groups, therapists, applications for your smartphone, and more. After 35 years of helping smokers quit the ALA must know something.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, United States, also has effective plans and resources. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Some aids to smoking cessation include …

  • nicotine patches – you can find nicotine patches at local drugstores.
  • nicotine gum – the habit of smoking can sometimes be as difficult to break as the nicotine addiction itself.
  • lozenges.
  • The Quitter's Circle app created by the American Lung Association and Pfizer.
  • SmokefreeTXT is a text messaging program for adults who want to quit smoking. They send encouraging texts two or three times each day for several weeks.
  • BecomeAnEx.org. A customized quit plan is created to help you navigate your way through your tobacco-free journey.
  • prescription nicotine patches, and
  • prescription drugs.