Smoking cessation, weight gain, and risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus among postmenopausal women

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine



Document Type

Letter to the Editor


Aged; Cohort Studies; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; Female; Humans; Incidence; Middle Aged; Postmenopause; Proportional Hazards Models; Prospective Studies; Reference Values; Risk Assessment; Smoking Cessation; United States; *Weight Gain


Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventive Medicine


We used data from the Women's Health Initiative, a large prospective study with detailed information on smoking status, weight changes, and potential confounders, to assess the relationship between smoking cessation, weight gain, and subsequent diabetes risk. We examined diabetes risk by smoking status, including new quitters who smoked at baseline but no longer smoked at the 3-year follow-up visit.


Citation: Arch Intern Med. 2012 Mar 12;172(5):438-40. Link to article on publisher's site

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