Monday, June 25. 2012
A study recently presented at a meeting of the Endocrine Society found that those who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke may have a higher chance of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey noted that a sizable percentage of those who were exposed to secondhand smoke had more significant levels of insulin resistance, and this could lead to a diabetic condition. However, while there was a connection of the three conditions, the report did not find a causational link.
"The association between secondhand smoke and type 2 diabetes was not due to obesity," said Dr. Theodore Friedman, study co-author and chairman of the department of internal medicine at Charles R. Drew University. "More studies are needed to show whether secondhand smoke is a cause of diabetes. In addition, more effort needs to be made to reduce exposure of individuals to secondhand smoke."
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