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Smoke Tied to Obesity, Diabetes

Friday, 29 June 2012 01:47 PM

Health experts have long known that smoking increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. But a new study has found that even secondhand smoke may raise the risk of developing the disease and obesity.
In fact, the research – presented at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston this week – found that adults exposed to secondhand smoke face about the same diabetes risk as active smokers.
"More effort needs to be made to reduce exposure of individuals to secondhand smoke," said researcher Dr. Theodore C. Friedman, chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Charles R. Drew University, Los Angeles.
"This finding shows that the association between secondhand smoke and type 2 diabetes was not due to obesity. More studies are needed to show whether secondhand smoke is a cause of diabetes."
Past studies have linked cigarette smoking to diabetes even though most smokers are leaner than nonsmokers.
For the new study, Friedman and his colleagues tracked more than 6,300 adults from 2001 to 2006 who were part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population.
They found that, compared with nonsmokers, adults exposed to secondhand smoke had higher measures of insulin resistance, fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c – all tied to diabetes. They also had a similar rate of diabetes as current smokers, according to Friedman.

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