Secondhand Cigarette Smoke can Make You Pile on the Pounds: Study

by Bidita Debnath on  November 5, 2014 at 11:21 PM Research News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

Exposure to cigarette smoke can actually cause weight gain, secondhand smoke being the biggest reason, reveals a new study.
 Secondhand Cigarette Smoke can Make You Pile on the Pounds: Study
Secondhand Cigarette Smoke can Make You Pile on the Pounds: Study

Study author Benjamin Bikman, professor of physiology and developmental biology at Brigham Young University, said that for people who are in a home with a smoker, particularly children, the increased risk of cardiovascular or metabolic problems is massive.

The researchers wanted to pinpoint the mechanism behind why smokers become insulin resistant and to find out the implications of smoke on metabolic function, they exposed lab mice to side-stream (or second-hand) smoke and followed their metabolic progression.

It was found that those mice that were exposed to smoke put on weight and when the researchers drilled down to the cellular level, they found the smoke triggered a tiny lipid called ceramide to alter mitochondria in the cells, causing disruption to normal cell function and inhibiting the cells' ability to respond to insulin.

The scientists said that the lungs provide a vast interface with our environment and this research shows that a response to involuntary smoking includes altering systemic sensitivity to insulin. Once someone becomes insulin resistant, their body needs more insulin. And any time you have insulin go up, you have fat being made in the body.

The study was published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Source: ANI

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Constipation Health Hazards of Smoking Smoking And Cancer Smoking And Tobacco Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Piles Treatment Options Smoking among Women Cigarette Smoking - A Silent Killer Antioxidants to Help You When You Quit Smoking Ayurvedic Treatment for Piles 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive