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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Diabetes, Obesity Risk

Secondhand smoke exposure may lead to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity in adults. The survey was conducted from 2001 to 2006, and questioned over 6,300 adults. The study concluded those exposed to secondhand smoke had a higher rate of type 2 diabetes and a higher BMI. “The association between secondhand smoke and type 2 diabetes was not due to obesity,” study co-author Dr. Theodore Friedman, chairman of the department of internal medicine at Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles, said in an Endocrine Society news release. “More studies are needed to show whether secondhand smoke is a cause of diabetes,” Friedman said, adding, “More effort needs to be made to reduce exposure of individuals to secondhand smoke.” U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey