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SMOKING AND DIABETES

ANCHOR LEAD: BOTH SMOKING AND QUITTING SMOKING CAN RAISE YOUR RISK OF DIABETES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

People who smoke put themselves at risk for developing type two diabetes, but now a Johns Hopkins study led by Jessica Yeh shows that when people quit smoking they are also at increased risk for diabetes development.

YEH:  In our study we have two major findings.  The first finding is the longer or the more you smoke, that will increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, and the second finding is there is also short term risk of type 2 diabetes after quitting, and we think that risk comes from weight gain.           :21

Yeh says the diabetes/smoking relationship is probably related to inflammation, while quitting smoking is well known to be related to weight gain.  Weight gain, of course, as well as an inactive lifestyle and poor dietary choices, increases the risk of diabetes, but Yeh emphasizes that people who smoke should still quit.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.



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