WHO: Quitting Smoking Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Up to 40%

20 Nov 2023 • A recently crafted summary, collaboratively created by the WHO, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), and the University of Newcastle, reveals that giving up smoking can reduce the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes by 30–40%. Ceasing smoking, even after the onset of type 2 diabetes, was deemed crucial to prevent a deterioration of the numerous severe comorbidities associated with the disease.

Evidence on the effectiveness of tobacco control interventions among those with type 2 diabetes is also summarized, including discussion of a systematic review of six studies suggesting that interventions focusing on education and the involvement of healthcare professionals and pharmacists can be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes.

Evidence suggested that even with smokeless tobacco, heavy use or high consumption increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as the products often contain nicotine, known to contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes and related health conditions.

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