Secondhand Smoke Linked to Diabetes
Secondhand smoke has been linked to diabetes in a recent study. Seems secondhand smoke is linked to an awful lot of medical conditions. This time researchers say the more secondhand smoke a person is exposed to the higher the risk they will get type 2 diabetes.
Dr. John P. Forman at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and colleagues looked at the responses of more than 100,000 women to questionnaires they had answered in 1982. The women were all nurses participating in a national study that would last several decades. Out of 100,000 women who were exposed to secondhand smoke, one out of every eighteen of them developed diabetes.
Additional Information from the Study
“The risks were actually higher for ex-smokers and for women exposed to second-hand smoke. In both of these groups, about 39 of every 10,000 women developed diabetes each year. However, once the researchers took things such as weight status, age, and family history of diabetes into account, the ex-smokers had a 12 percent higher risk of diabetes compared to women who were regularly exposed to secondhand smoke. In this study, nearly all the women were white, but type 2 diabetes affects men and women fairly equally, Nathan said.
Researchers have no idea why diabetes and secondhand smoked are linked the best they can figure at this point is the inflammation that is caused by smoking and diabetes. Further research is needed to determine any other factors that may contribute the link.