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article imagePassive smoking and obesity link

By Tim Sandle     Apr 22, 2014 in Health
Scientists suggest that there is a link between long-term exposure to passive smoking and a risk of Type 2 diabetes in adults. The diabetes is, in turn, connected with obesity.
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, according to the findings of a new study.
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.
The results have been discussed at a meeting of the Endocrine Society. Key variables of ‘how much smoke was inhaled?’ and ‘over which time period?’ have yet to be fully studied.
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