Stopping smoking affects diabetes

A: Quitting smoking can reverse the risk of macrovascular complications for people with diabetes. Overall, the benefits of quitting smoking far outweigh any disadvantages, such as weight gain.1,2

In a longitudinal study following almost 35,000 UK male general practitioners (with and without type 2 diabetes) for 50 years, smokers who did not quit died on average about 10 years earlier than lifelong non-smokers. However, men who quit at age 30, 40, 50 or 60 years regained 10, 9, 6 and 3 years of life, respectively.3

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