Diabetes Forecast

Smoking Is a Cause of Type 2 Diabetes

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. surgeon general’s report that sounded the alarm about the dangers of smoking. Now the acting surgeon general and his team have added a newly discovered harm: Smoking can cause type 2 diabetes. The increased risk ranges from 14 percent for former smokers to 54 percent for current heavy smokers. But there’s also good news: Once people quit smoking, their risk for developing type 2 diabetes drops to that of nonsmokers within five to 12 years. 
Source: “The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General,” published Jan. 17, 2014, at surgeongeneral.gov



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