April 25, 2017 By Elizabeth McCammon

Smoking is a leading cause of death related to lung cancer, but did you know that when smoking is combined with diabetes, the risk of death from other causes increases?

A new research study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in December 2016 found a significant link between diabetes and death among people who are smokers. The study looked at data from more than 53,000 men and women, more than 5,000 of whom had diabetes. They found that diabetes doubles the risk for death from any cause and non-lung cancer deaths among heavy smokers. In addition, female smokers with diabetes had an increased risk of lung cancer death (the same result was not seen in men). The researchers noted that participants with diabetes tended to be older, reported more years of smoking, and were more overweight than those without diabetes.

While the researchers continue to analyze the data in an effort to better understand why smokers with diabetes have a higher risk of dying from all causes than are smokers without diabetes, their results emphasize the importance of good diabetes control, and not smoking.

Did You Know?

People who smoke often have to try two or three times before they can successfully kick the habit. Even though it is not easy, quitting smoking is one of the most important things people with diabetes can do to help prevent or delay the onset of complications. Read more from “Smoking & Diabetes” now. 

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