Health Alert 7-5-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

July 5, 2012 - Exposure to secondhand smoke may increase your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes and obesity. According to the results of a new study from the Endocrine Society meeting in Houston, adults who are exposed to secondhand smoke have higher rates of type 2 diabetes and risk for developing obesity. The study controlled age, sex, race, physical activity and alcohol consumption. Researchers found that individuals exposed to second hand smoke had higher levels of hemoglobin A1C, which is a measure of blood sugar control. The individuals exposed to second hand smoke had consistently higher levels of fasting blood sugar and levels of hemoglobin A1C, reflecting the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Also, drinking coffee in moderation could reduce the risk of heart failure. New research from the American Heart Association suggests that by drinking coffee, people develop a tolerance to caffeine. And that may lower the risk of developing high blood pressure and heart failure. Researchers say moderation is key - meaning about two cups a day. Excessive coffee drinking, defined as five to six cups, may increase the chance of heart problems.

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