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Study: Passive Smoke Boosts Diabetes Risk

Friday, 07 April 2006 12:00 AM

Exposure to second-hand smoke can boost the risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study from the Veterans Administration.

Researchers investigated smoking as a factor influencing the development of glucose intolerance, a precursor of diabetes.

They found that while smokers themselves had the highest risk of developing glucose intolerance, non-smokers who regularly breathed in other people's smoke were also at very high risk.

"These findings support a role for both active and passive smoking in the development of glucose intolerance in young adulthood," said Dr. Thomas Houston of the Birmingham, Ala. Medical Center, who headed the study.

Houston and his team studied the impact of smoking on 4,572 men and women in four American cities over 15 years.

Smokers in the study had the highest risk of developing glucose intolerance at 22 percent, compared to 17 percent risk for people who did not smoke but who had been exposed to second-hand smoke.

Non-smokers who had not breathed in others' smoke had the lowest risk at 12 percent followed by smokers who had given up who had a 14 percent risk. The study appears in the British Medical Journal.

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