It’s the new year and many of you will be on the road to stopping smoking already. Many more of you will have made tentative attempts at the start of the new year but have reverted to smoking again.
Regular readers of this blog will know that several of our staff tried to stop smoking using Champix, with mixed results. While we would never advocate smoking, we know how hard it is to admit defeat when you try and fail to quit the weed.
Enter researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with some timely insights into smoking that will help you feel less guilty. They have discovered that quitting smoking may actually raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately it doesn’t let smokers who try and fail off the hook entirely though.
The increased risk is only in the short term and is linked with increased weight. Reading between the lines our take on this is….
If you stop smoking and start eating tons of chocolate and sweets instead you are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
If you stop smoking and your waist size increases by 1 and 1/4 inches then you have a 42% higher risk of developing diabetes – over 9 years.
Still, Diabetes is a lot more palatable than cancer or heart disease. Also, if you allow your weight to balloon slightly when you first quit, then by losing it again within a reasonably short time frame you should negate most of the risk.
You could always kill two birds with one stone and join a gym at the same time as stopping smoking! (it is necessary to actually go to the gym too – just joining up does not work)