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Stop smoking and protect your body from type 2 diabetes!

Lynn Griffith
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More than 29 million people in the United states have diabetes, an increase from 2010’s statistic of 26 million.  Another 86 million adults have pre-diabetes; 15 to 30 percent of these adults will have type 2 diabetes within five years!(1)

There are many things that we can do to protect and improve our health.  There are numerous campaigns out there to encourage the masses to stop smoking.  Tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans per year!(2)

Tobacco use remains that largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States!

New research suggests that their may be a correlation between cigarette smoke and type 2 diabetes!  Research from Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health reports that current smokers and those exposed to second-hand smoke on a regular basis have a significantly increased risk for type 2 diabetes.(3)

Researchers report that 11.7 percent of type 2 diabetes cases in men and 2.4 percent in women may be attributed to an active smoking lifestyle!  If you are a smoker, it’s never to late to quit.  The researchers found that the risk decreased over time after people quit smoking.(3)

New study reports that stopping smoking may significantly decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes!

In the study, researchers conducted an analysis on 88 previous studies to assess the association between smoking and type 2 diabetes.  They found when compared with people who never smoked, current smoking increased risk for type 2 diabetes by 37 percent.  Those who were former smokers had a 14 percent risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  They found a 54 percent increased risk in people who quit smoking less than five years ago, but this number fell to 18 percent after five years, and 11 percent after 10 years!  This is most likely associated with food cravings that are linked to quitting smoking.(3)

Those who stop smoking for more than five years found their risk associated with type 2 diabetes drop from 54 percent to 18 percent!

Among current smokers, the increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases based upon being a light, moderate or heavy smoker.  Light smokers had a 21 percent increased risk, moderate had a 34 percent increased risk, and heavy smokers have a 57 percent increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes!(3)

Researchers are reporting that cigarette smoke is considered a modifiable risk factor for type 2 diabetes.(3)

Remember, it is never too late to take this step in protecting your health.  Your body will thank you for giving it the ability to heal over time.  Seek out a support group, trust medical advice, or a qualified therapist to help work through cravings and triggers as you make the decision to stop smoking!

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.cdc.gov
(2) www.cdc.gov
(3) www.hsph.harvard.edu

Image attributions:
 "World No Smoking Day" by Global Panorama (Featured Image)
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