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Revealed - One more reason to quit smoking!

According to a new study, people who quit smoking experienced favourable changes in their metabolism.

Written by Editorial Team |Published : March 17, 2015 12:12 PM IST

Quitting smoking may be one of the toughest lifestyle changes you can make, but the various benefits of doing it make it worthwhile. According to a new study, people who quit smoking experienced favourable changes in their metabolism.

The study conducted by The Endocrine Society examined healthy, 1/2-to-2 pack-per-day smokers into an 8-week smoking cessation program, and observed a slight and transient worsening of central fat distribution, followed by a larger and favorable reversal over subsequent months.

The researchers also noticed that over 24 weeks, hepatic glucose output improved in relation to lifestyle changes, weight change correlated directly with reduced nicotine metabolites, and reduced carbon monoxide and nicotine metabolites correlated with increased glucose uptake and utilization of carbohydrate substrates as the preferred metabolic fuel. Read about the 10 things that can help you survive the incredibly tough first two months of quitting smoking.

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Theodore C. Friedman, principal investigator said that usually people think that when they stop smoking, they would gain weight and their diabetes and insulin resistance would get worse, but actually the insulin resistance remained the same and the fat went back to the thigh after going into the abdomen.

Friedman concluded that smoking cessation should be encouraged as it not only had favourable metabolic effects, but also leads to beneficial effects in terms of where the fat is and what happens with hepatic glucose release from the liver. Read about Junkie Thinking: Your No. 1 roadblock on the road to quitting smoking.

With inputs from ANI

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