Skin autofluorescence is increased in diabetes, rises with age, and predicts diabetes-related complications. Exposure to secondhand smoke, because one or more family members are smokers, further increases skin autofluorescence in children and young adults with type 1 diabetes. Elimination of passive smoking should be a goal in diabetes education. Association between age and skin autofluorescence (SAF), in arbitrary units (AU), in young people with type 1 diabetes exposed (black dots) and not exposed (open dots) to secondhand smoke. Regression lines show correlations between these parameters in exposed (solid line) and not exposed (dashed line) patients.
Keywords: autofluorescence; glycation; smoking.
© 2016 The Authors. Journal of Diabetes published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd and Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine.