Smoking very dangerous to nonsmokers via second hand smoke

Smoking very dangerous to nonsmokers via second hand smoke

What a surprise, yet another study confirming that non-smokers are getting sick through breathing in other peoples cigarette smoke.  Higher levels of diabetes, insulin resistance, high blood sugar and loads more.

Study presented Sunday July 1st at the Endocrine Society’s annual 2012 meeting in Houston, USA.  The researchers looked at data from more than 6,300 adults who participated in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2001 to 2006. 

They found that those exposed to secondhand smoke had:

  • A higher rate of type II diabetes - they had the same diabetes rates as smokers
  • A higher measure of insulin resistance
  • Higher levels of fasting blood sugar
  • Higher hemoglobin A1c reading (a measure of blood sugar control over the past three months) and a higher body-mass index (BMI).  

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 that “The association between secondhand smoke and type 2 diabetes was not due to obesity.  More effort needs to be made to reduce exposure of individuals to secondhand smoke”.  As reported by HealthDay News on June 26, 2012.

So the next time someone asks if they can light up, say "Do you care if I die?" and tell them "No, it is not ok for you to light up around me, or my children".  

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Posted: Thursday 12 July 2012