First Identification of Nicotine as Main Culprit in Diabetes Complications Among Smokers

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 11:01 in Health & Medicine

Scientists are reporting for the first time that nicotine is the main culprit in diabetes complications among smokers. The tobacco chemical appears to cause elevated levels of a blood protein that increases the risk of diabetes complications, including heart attack, stroke, and blindness, the scientists say. Scientists will describe the finding at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim.

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