Some new research suggests that there is a link between exposure to passive smoking and both a risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in adults.
Non-smokers who are exposed to passive (or second-hand) smoke have a higher chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, measured by insulin resistance, compared to non-smokers who are not exposed to the risk of inhaling smoke from cigarette smokers. This is according to a newly tabled scientific review.
The study findings, as summarized by The Examiner, are based on the analysis of the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, undertaken by Dr. Theodore C. Friedman of Charles R. Drew University, Los Angeles
The survey, as the Times of India reports, also indicated that non-smokers who are exposed to smoke also tend to have a higher body-mass index (BMI) compared with non-smokers who are not regularly exposed to smoke-filled environments.
The results for the non-smokers who were exposed to smoke were similar to the results relating to people who smoke regularly.
As a note of caution, these results have yet to be published in a scientific paper although they have been discussed at the June 2012 meeting of the Endocrine Society. As such the key variables of ‘how much smoke was inhaled?’ and ‘over which time period?’, have yet to be fully studied.