Do you usually like to hang out with your friends while they are smoking and pretend that it is ok? Think again. A new study has unearthed that passive smoking leads to type 2 diabetes. While the study indirectly tackles the subject of quitting smoking for good, it is important to know how vulnerable people are to passive smoking.
What is more worrying is that diabetes can develop within a short time span after a smoker quit, but researchers urged extra research in this direction hoping to find out more before giving a final verdict. What is certain is that specialists can indicate methods to quit smoking in order to reduce the habit overall and to prevent diabetes.
Researchers were interested in providing insight into how diabetes occurs and, after having studied both men and women, they have come to the conclusion that approximately 12% of type 2 diabetes cases in men and 2.5% of type 2 diabetes cases in women were linked to smoking or passive smoking.
However, if you are a smoker and decide to quit, you should know that the risk of developing diabetes decreases with time. The time in between the present and the moment you quit is equal to your diabetes risk: you quit yesterday – chances are very high; you quit one year ago – your chances of contracting diabetes have one down significantly.
The authors of the study are Professor Frank Hu from the University of Harvard and Professor An Pan from the Huazong University of Science and Technology. They both agreed that “reducing tobacco use should be prioritized as a key public health strategy, which could potentially contribute to prevention and control of diabetes”.
Hu and Pan both enforced this statement because of their observation that more and more people from many countries in the world have taken up smoking and, at the same time, the diabetes worldwide diabetes risk is only going up. If the two are positively connected, then reducing smoking habits would rid the world of two issues at the same time: diabetes and a vice that eats away millions of dollars.
Dr. Richard Elliot, from Diabetes United Kingdom, also cautioned that active smoking and passive smoking are known for their destructive consequences on the human body, but the link between smoking and diabetes has yet to be appropriately explored in medicine. He also mentioned that this study did not find any cause-effect connection between diabetes risk and smoking.
If they field still remains vague, it is important to remember one thing only: if you are smoking, you are putting your life in danger.
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