Thirdhand smoke linked to increased risk of diabetes?
Thirdhand smoke is exhaled smoke that settles onto surfaces. If someone smokes in their car or home, the thirdhand smoke they leave behind could have long-term negative effects on friends and loved ones.
Recent research suggests that thirdhand smoke can actually contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. Mice exposed to thirdhand smoke were more likely to develop insulin resistance than control mice, meaning that their bodies weren’t able to use insulin efficiently. Over time, this causes higher blood sugar levels, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
As a former smoker, I know how hard it can be to quit. But as new research continues to show the risks of thirdhand smoke, I hope that current smokers can find new reasons to reconsider. Even if smokers take care to not smoke around others, their habit could still have lasting consequences for their loved ones. Read more about this research here.