A new study has found that plastic toys and cigarette smoke could contain harmful chemicals that contribute to the onset of diabetes as well as contributing to obesity .
Scientists at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in the US have identified certain chemicals found in cigarette smoke and certain plastics that raise the risks of diabetes or obesity, as well as a direct correlation between smoking while pregnant and future risks of type 2 diabetes or obesity.
It is known that women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have children who are overweight, and previous research has examined the effects of nicotine and exposure to second-hand smoke or harmful chemicals, such as those in plastics, which were shown to have a direct link to an increased risk of diabetes and obesity . With many treatments for mental health also shown to heighten the chances of diabetes or obesity, pregnant women are advised to exercise caution when medicating.
Although there are many risk factors said to contribute to diabetes and obesity, many healthcare professionals have recommended that there should be more research into the different causes to ascertain which factors play the most important roles.

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