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December 12, 2007

Smoking and Type 2 Diabetes: Underrecognized Risks and Disease Burden

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology (Drs Ding and Hu), Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts; Division of Preventive Medicine (Dr Ding) and Channing Laboratory (Dr Hu), Department of Medicine (Drs Ding and Hu), Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

JAMA. 2007;298(22):2675-2676. doi:10.1001/jama.298.22.2675

Although smoking has long been acknowledged as a major contributor to the global burden of cardiovascular disease and cancer, the adverse effect of smoking on type 2 diabetes has been generally underrecognized. Indeed, the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates of smoking-attributable mortality do not incorporate the impact of smoking on diabetes.1

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