Could Quitting Smoking Cause You to Develop Type 2 Diabetes?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Could Quitting Smoking Cause You to Develop Type 2 Diabetes?

We all know that smoking is bad for your health. But a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine just might have you wondering about that, at least at first glance.

According to researchers, a review of 10,000 smokers found that the risk of type 2 diabetes actually went up when people quit smoking, most dramatically in the first three years after quitting.

During those first three years, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was about 70 percent higher than those who had never smoked. If you kept on smoking, however, your increased risk of diabetes was just 30 percent higher than lifelong non-smokers.

The good news of course is that if you've never smoked, your risk of developing diabetes is significantly lower than if you have. But could quitting smoking actually cause type 2 diabetes?

The reason is that people who quit smoking often replace one bad habit with another—namely, snacking. When the desire for a cigarette strikes, I recommend taking 500–1,000 mg of buffered vitamin C which can take the edge off intense cravings. My Snack Stopper formula can also help.

Another way to stop yourself from eating is to keep busy. Take a walk, do household chores or paperwork, anything to keep your hands and mind busy.

Now it’s your turn: Do you have a trick that helps to keep you from snacking?

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