New Link Between Smoking
The latest findings to come from the Insulin Resistance Atherosclerosis Study
showed that a quarter of smokers who did not have Type 2 diabetes when the study
began developed the disease within five years, compared with 14 percent of
"These findings suggest another poor health outcome associated with
cigarettes, supporting current surgeon general's warnings against cigarette
smoking," Foy said in a written release. The study, launched in the mid-1990s
and no longer funded, focused on the pre-diabetic condition known as insulin
resistance -- a condition in which the body has trouble using the insulin it
More than 1,600 people from the four locations were recruited for the study.
But various papers, including the latest, looked at subsets of that total
number. Dr. Steven Haffner, who was one of the study's original researchers but
among those contributing to the most recent paper, said other studies have shown
a less-than-solid connection between smoking and diabetes.
Source: Diabetes In Control.com: Diabetes Care, Sept 2005.