Quitting Smoking Can Now Cause Type 2 Diabetes

We all know how tough it is to quit smoking. Nicotine present in our body due to years of smoking, continue to compel us physically and mentally to resume this bad habit. It is technically called withdrawal symptom. According to a new research study (dated Jan 2010), quitting smoking raises the risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes by 70 percent.

Researchers suspect that Obesity is one of the withdrawal symptoms once smoking is quitted. And the nexus between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes (both declared as national epidemics last year in the United States) is well known.

Brief Chronicle of the Research Findings:

  • According to researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, the writing is clear on the wall than ever before. It is not to start smoking ever.
  • The study found that those who continue to smoke are 30 percent at less risk of developing this disease.
  • The comparisons were made with respect to healthy non smoking individuals.
  • The risk of getting diabetes is highest in the first three years after quitting smoking.
  • The study involved 10,892 participants who were middle aged during the commencement of the study between the years 1987-1989.
  • For 17 years, researchers recorded the blood sugar levels of these participants from time to time.
  • The research was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disorders. Both are sister organizations of the National Institutes of Health.

Significance of the Research Study: These findings have once again established the casual relationship between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Research studies are underway to know how these dreadful body disorders are related to each other. The disturbing fact is, now these national epidemics are related to a wide spread habit like Smoking. It means that the results of this study are applicable to a large number of people in the United States.

It is probably for this very reason that the researchers of this study have some appeals to make to the doctors community at large. They suggest the doctors to keep these findings in mind while guiding smoking quitters. They insist the doctors to explain the importance of weight control, life style changes, benefits of undergoing Nicotine replacement therapy and frequent blood sugar tests these people.

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