Quitting smoking can cause weight gain and initially lead to an increased risk of diabetes, but it reduces the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and other causes, according to a new study.
Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of Harvard found that those whose weight had increased by more than 15 pounds after quitting had a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than smokers. The risk reached its highest point between five and seven years after stopping smoking and then gradually decreased.
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Those who did not arrive after stopping did not have an increased risk of diabetes.
Regardless of the weight change, cardiovascular mortality and mortality from all causes of former smokers decreased rapidly after smoking cessation and remained about 70 percent lower than smokers' mortality.
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