July 8, 2013

Second Chance for Smokers and T2D Risk

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smokingIf you were a smoker and quit, your risk of developing T2D may someday return to that of the person who never smoked a day in their life. This exciting news was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

The reason behind this study was because the unfair statistic of people who quit smoking had a higher short-term risk of T2D, than if they continuing to smoke. However, the good news is that this increased  risk only exists for a short while. Researchers wanted to know how long.

Over an 11 year period, 135,000 postmenopausal women aged 50–79 years, were followed to examine the association between their choice to quit smoking and the risk of T2D.

Compared with that for women who have never smoked, the risk for T2D was significantly elevated in current smokers but was even higher in women who quit smoking during the first 3 years of follow-up.

Among former smokers, the risk of T2D decreased significantly as the time passed since quitting. It was equal to that of never smokers following a cessation period of 10 years.

Who says you can’t start over? If you quit smoking today, your risk of T2D will be as good as if you never touched a cigarette in 3,650 days. Quit smoking today and make today, day 1!

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