If you need another reason to steer clear of cigarette smoke, consider this: a new study presented at a conference this week suggests breathing in secondhand smoke is linked to higher risks of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Presented on Sunday at The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in Houston, the findings show that adults exposed to secondhand smoke have higher rates of these diseases than non-smokers who are not exposed to tobacco smoke.
Co-author Dr Theodore C Friedman, chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Charles R Drew University in Los Angeles, told the press:
“More effort needs to be made to reduce exposure of individuals to secondhand smoke.”
For the study, Friedman and colleagues used data from a nationally representative sample of more than 6,300 adults who took part in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2001 and 2006.