Although may help curb the severity of the disease, smokers may be at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
A new study adds onto the previous notion that smokers are more likely to develop the illness. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine suggest that quitting smoking may increase a patients chances of developing type 2 diabetes even more.
The scientists found that individuals who quit smoking had a 70 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the first six years without cigarettes compared to patients who had never smoked. Lead author Dr. Hsin-Chieh “Jessica” Yeh revealed that the easiest way to avoid the ailment is to simply never pick up smoking.
Researchers also indicated that those who smoked the most and gained the largest amount of weight post-cigarettes were the most likely to develop the disease.
On average, participants of the study who quit smoking gained an average of 8.4 pounds during the first three years of the research.