Facts About Drug Abuse And Diabetes

Facts About Drug Abuse And Diabetes

  1. Anxiety and depression about poor health caused by diabetes can actually make a diabetic person more likely to turn to drugs to self-medicate.
  2. People with diabetes are used to handling needles and self-injecting insulin, possibly making them more likely to try injectable drugs.
  3. It is possible for people with diabetes to enjoy alcohol in moderation, but they must be cautious. Alcohol and mixers cause a spike in blood sugar, so diabetics need to be especially careful to monitor blood sugar and drink water while having alcohol.
  4. Heroin can cause complex chain reactions that induce hyperglycemia, which is especially dangerous for diabetics. Heroin also damages the pancreas, which may already be weakened by diabetes.
  5. Cocaine and other stimulant drugs (such as meth, MDMA/ecstasy, Adderall/Ritalin or other prescription ADHD medications) suppress appetite. Diabetic people need to eat small, frequent meals to regulate blood sugar. Suppressing appetite could cause diabetics to skip meals and snacks and jeopardize blood sugar levels possibly.
  6. Cocaine and diabetes both weaken the kidneys, so using cocaine are more damaging to the kidneys of diabetics.
  7. Any substance abuse lowers the self-care and health of the user. Drug abuse can cause diabetics not to eat enough, eat unhealthy foods, or forget to take insulin.
  8. Substance abuse can actually cause diabetes.
  9. 9.4% of Americans have diabetes, and another 84.1 million people have pre-diabetes.
  10. Substance abuse and diabetes are both in the top five health conditions affecting commercially insured Americans.
  11. Substance abuse and complications from diabetes are two of the top reasons for hospital visits in the United States.
  12. 82% of those with a high-risk form of diabetes also have a mental health condition or substance abuse issue as well.
  13. Young adults with diabetes have 5 times as many hospital admissions from mental health and substance abuse, and nearly 3.5 times more visits to the emergency room than young adults without diabetes.
  14. Combining alcohol and cigarette use has been proven to increase the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and worsens existing diabetes.
  15. Hypoglycemia symptoms can resemble intoxication, making those under the influence of drugs or alcohol not realize they need to treat their diabetes or seek medical attention.

Take care of yourself!