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Link between thirdhand smoke and type 2 diabetes established

3rd March 2016

Exposure to thirdhand smoke could potentially increase a person's risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

According to the research from the University of California, Riverside, exhaled smoke that becomes trapped by surfaces such as clothing, hair, carpets and car seats can lead to the development of insulin resistance in mice.

Cellular oxidative stress increased in mice exposed to thirdhand smoke, causing damage to proteins, fats and DNA, and leading to hyperglycaemia and excess insulin in the blood. When the mice were treated with antioxidants, the process was reversed.

Previous evidence indicates that thirdhand smoke can also cause damage to the liver and lungs, complicate wound-healing and lead to hyperactivity.

Study leader Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology and neuroscience at the University of California, Riverside, said: "If confirmed in humans, our study could greatly impact how people view exposure to environmental tobacco toxins."

Thirdhand smoke can be a serious health risk, given that it is extremely difficult to rid a house of its effects without thorough chemical-based cleaning.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801813988-ADNFCR

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