Passive smokers are more exposed to type 2 diabetes, a worrying research shows

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People exposed to secondhand smoke (including the smoker, of course) are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to those who have never smoked, a new research showed.

The study that was conducted by a group of international researchers showed that the risk of type 2 diabetes was 21 percent, 34 percent and 57 percent higher in light, moderate and heavy smokers, respectively compared to those who have never smoked.

Frank Hu, co-author of the study and professor of nutrition and epidemiology with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA, explained that cigarette smoking is linked to risk factors for diabetes.

However, the Harvard University team said that the risk can slowly drop over time if the smoker decides to quit smoking. Hu said type 2 diabetes can be reduced globally if public health efforts to reduce smoking are done.

An Pan, lead author of the study, commented that despite the worldwide efforts to fight against tobacco epidemic, the use of cigarette remains the principal cause of mortality and morbidity globally. He further said the study highlights the importance of enforcing and implementing the provisions of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Protection is provided for non-smokers through smoke-free policies and this can lead to increased successful cessation in smokers.

Hu concluded that giving up on cigarettes is an important thing for your future health, whether you have diabetes or not, if you smoke regularly.

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