Diabetes and Nicorette Gum
If you are looking for a nonprescription smoking-cessation medication, you may want to try Nicorette® Gum (nicotine gum). However, although this can be an effective medicine for helping many people quit smoking, it is not suitable for everyone. For example, you should consult your healthcare provider before using Nicorette Gum if you have diabetes.
If you use Nicorette Gum for longer than the standard 12 weeks, it's probably a good idea to check in with your healthcare provider. There have been reports of high blood insulin levels and insulin resistance (when the body does not properly respond to insulin) in people who used Nicorette Gum for longer than 11 months. These problems can cause a variety of other health problems, including type 2 diabetes.
(For more details on this topic, click Nicorette Gum Warnings and Precautions. This article takes a closer look at why Nicorette Gum may not be safe for people with diabetes or certain other medical conditions.)