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Passive smoking doubles risk of diabetes

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Exposure to secondhand smoke for more than four hours a day nearly doubles the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, scientists believe.

A study of 10,038 people between 40 and 69 years old found that the risk of developing diabetes increased as the length of daily exposure to a smokey environment increased.

The Korean researchers writing in the Annals of Epidemiology came to their conclusions after identifying 465 cases of diabetes in the cohort during a six-year, biennial follow-up.

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