(Fox News) – People with type 2 diabetes who smoke have significantly higher risks of heart disease, stroke, and death than diabetic non-smokers, a new study shows.
They also had higher risks of clogged arteries, heart failure, and reduced blood flow to the limbs.
The risks were lower for diabetics who quit smoking, but still moderately higher than risks among never smokers, the researchers write in the journal Circulation.
Lead author An Pan told Reuters Health by email that smoking is still common among people with diabetes, despite efforts to discourage it.
“We wanted to know whether smoking was related to total mortality and cardiovascular events among diabetic patients, and whether smoking cessation would reduce the risks,” said Pan, who is a professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.