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Risk of diabetes may increase for smokers when they quit

Posted On Thu, December 31, 2009

While no one doubts the possible health risks of smoking tobacco, a new study has found that weight gain which often accompanies attempts to quit smoking may drastically increase the likelihood of contracting Type 2 Diabetes.

According to the study, which was recently released by the Annals of Internal Medicine, the risk of developing diabetes increased by approximately 30 percent for people who choose to smoke over people who did not, the Los Angeles Times reported.

However, for those who decide to kick the habit and stop smoking, the study found that the average of 8.4 pounds of weight that was gained in the three years after giving up the habit increased the odds of developing diabetes by 70 percent over a non-smoker.

"Quitting smoking decreases inflammation in the body, and inflammation may have something to do with the development of diabetes," a summary of the report read. "However, quitting smoking sometimes causes weight gain, and weight gain could increase the risk for diabetes."

The report also found that the increased risk of diabetes in the first three years of quitting decreased back to the average risk of developing the illness.

In addition to the numerous dangers that have already been documented as a risk of smoking, this latest study may lead to yet another reason that insurers can use to raise life insurance premiums on their customers who smoke.
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