Diabetes risk increased by smoking

Wed, 12 Dec 2007
According to research at a university in Switzerland, smoking (as well as causing lung cancer, heart disease and stroke) could be a major risk in developing type 2 diabetes . Those people who smoke, the researchers said, face a 44 per cent increase in risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to nonsmokers.

The research was conducted at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and conducted analysis of 25 studies between 1992 and 2006 that examined the connection between smoking and diabetes . Some 1.2 million study participants were examined.

For heavier smokers, the risk of developing the disease is even higher, with an estimated 61 per cent increase over that of nonsmokers. Quitting smoking reduces diabetes risk, according to the study that was published in the Journal of the Medical Association.

Lead researcher Dr. Willi, reportedly commented: "On a public health level, this is very important because diabetes incidence is dramatically increasing. The avoidance of diabetes would then be another good reason for smokers to quit or for nonsmokers not to begin."
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