Diabetes and E cigs

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  1. Sydesteppa

    Sydesteppa Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 5, 2009
    Hey everyone,

    I have a mate that is very interested in getting his own e cig but he is concerned about his diabetes and any sugar that is in the flavouring.

    I would like to hear from any diabetics that know about this particularly with the sweeter fruit flavours.

    And if anyone else can give advise that too would be most welcome.
  2. wesk1954

    wesk1954 Full Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    I have diabetes and I vape like crazy. You don't have to worry AT ALL... you merely "smell" the flavors, you don't actually consume them. The liquid is never actually consumed per se., and even if it were, it's in such incredibly small quantities it would have no appreciable impact on your glucose levels.

  3. shivadance

    shivadance Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 30, 2009
    Nebraska, USA
    As a diabetic I've researched this. I agree with Wesk, you don't consume the liquid per se and it's more the smell and slight taste of the flavors I get. So I wouldn't think this would affect blood sugar at all! And I think vaping is waaaay better for me than smoking, however there is a link between nicotine and insulin.

    From what I've read, nicotine inhibits the release of insulin and can leave a smoker slightly hyperglycemic (more sugar in the blood than normal). High blood sugar can also act as an appetite suppressant, which is why some smokers think smoking reduces appetite. If you google nicotine and blood sugar or nicotine and insulin you should get a lot of hits if you want to research.

    Now, I'm happy I quit smoking. I am looking to get off the nicotine eventually tho. But I LOVE having all the tasty flavors to vape! Especially the chocolate! I try not to even eat the sugar free chocolate that much, so vaping my sweets is absolutely wonderful!
  4. Mary Kay

    Mary Kay ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    West Tampa Fl.
    I have Diabetes and just started insulin. I test my blood sugar all the time. I'm fine! Of course I vape between 11mg to 0nic. I have cut and added glycerin, Lorann's and Pg. to my 11mg so often, I am problaby getting 2 mg of nic by now..lol
    Once in a while I take a hit of hubby's P.V., 24 nic marlboro and it doesn't make a difference.
    You guys do know Lorann's is mostly sugar free. I imagine it's the same for the flavoring the Chinese use. The sugar is in the metabolizing of the glycol in the body. Don't injest it.:rolleyes:
    The problem is Nicotine as stated before..just go as low as possible and it should be fine. It's better (with lower nic) then cigs anyday! My Blood pressure has gone way down since I stopped smoking and started vaping.
    Added benifit: I don't snack as often, I vape my snacks instead.
    From the Lorann site about the candy oils:
    Gluten Free
    Sugar Free*
    *Except Maple Flavor

  5. Corki2

    Corki2 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 16, 2009
    USA, TampaBay, FL
    I've been wondering about this as well. I'm type 2 diabetic on Metformin and have my first check up in a few days since I started vaping. Now I'm not so nervous. This is a great thread. Thanks!
  6. Sydesteppa

    Sydesteppa Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 5, 2009
    He is a smoker at the moment so nicotine doesnt seem to bother him. He was just more concerned about sugar intake particualrly in the fruity flavours but that all seems fine!:D
  7. shivadance

    shivadance Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 30, 2009
    Nebraska, USA
    Great, good luck to your mate!
  8. TheWrathOfSanity

    TheWrathOfSanity Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 25, 2009
    Travis AFB, CA
    I'm also a diabetic.
    I'm only diet and exercise, but it means I have to check my sugar like crazy.
    Since I've started vaping I noticed my sugar has actually gone down.
    I think it's because I get me "sweet fix" by using sweeter flavors and eat more veggies during the day.
    Did I mention I'm a horrible diabetic?
    "Hmm.. if I have a Mt Dew now, then I'll just have a piece of cheese for snack... if I eat a candy bar then I'll drink 3 bottles of water"
  9. dijohn76

    dijohn76 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 26, 2009
    I'm a type 2 diabetic on metformin, glucotrol, and lantus insulin and my blood pressure has gone down and my sugars are in great shape since I started vaping. I use both pg and vg with my lorann oils, neither seem to bother my levels at all. Currently 0 nic most of the day with a 6mg kick at night.
  10. maskgeek

    maskgeek Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 6, 2009
    I am a type 2 diabetic. Stopped smoking and into vaping for almost 2 months now.
    I am proud to say that my sex life has greatly improved due to a better blood circulation. Now, no more frustrations and a satisfied partner.
  11. Safira

    Safira Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 14, 2009
    DH is a type 1 diabetic and is on the pump. He would really be able to see any differences in his BS when vaping and he hasn't. He vapes an 18 mg juice and has vaped all PG base liquid and all VG base liquid, and neither effects his BS.

    I make his juice for him with LorAnn's and/or Bickfords, neither has an effect, plus he loves the juic'y jolly rancher type of flavors. I would really say he shouldn't see an effect on his BS.

  12. pongki

    pongki Full Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    Manila Philippines
    Alrighty thanks for the inputs guys, been worried myself since im a type 2 diabetec metformin taker. Thanks again for the enlightenment.
  13. ddavis7426

    ddavis7426 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    My blood sugars have increased from 75-120 to 180-230 since I started 1 1/2 yrs ago.
    I did not know why until this week.
    The last few months I have not been vaping as much (did not exactly quit but the output and amount I vaped with drastically decreased) and my atomizers were not putting out.
    I recently purchased new LR atomizers and new liquid this past weekend and started vaping on Monday a.m.
    My sugars immediately increased but I do not know if it is the PG/VG mixture or the nicotine.
    I dont suspect its just the nicotine as I smoked 1.5 to 2 packs of cigs each day and had better bg control. I have also dipped on rare occasions, and noticed no increase in bg levels the last 1.5 yrs.
    I am using 12mg with a 60/40 mix PG/ VG
    My fastings have increased as well./ I check my bg 3-4 times daily and this increase is not because I just recently quit smoking as I stopped 1.5 yrs ago.
    I 1st noticed the increase 1.5 yrs ago but was puzzled- now feel there is a definite connection. The common denominators are the liquid and increased usage.
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