A new study published in the journal Circulation has revealed that Type 2 diabetic patients who smoke run the risk of stroke, heart disease and early death compared with diabetics who do not smoke.
Study researcher An Pan, from Tongji Medical College of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China said “Smoking cessation still remains a major target for patients who smoke.
“We also found that former smokers had substantially reduced risks compared with current smokers, although not totally returned to the risk of never smokers, suggesting that quitting smoking is beneficial in the long run for diabetic patients.
“Active smoking is associated with significantly increased risks of total mortality and cardiovascular events among diabetic patients, while smoking cessation was associated with reduced risks compared to current smoking.”
The study recommended that diabetics patients should quit smoking.