If I told you that just by changing one single habit you could slash your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by over 50%, would you make that change?
It’s really a no-brainer isn’t it? Of course, you would.
Well, a new study says that you can do just that by quitting smoking.
The study, published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that if you smoke heavily during your middle-age years you send your risk for developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease skyrocketing.
Over 21,000 middle-age volunteers were given a survey that included questions about their smoking habits. They were then tracked for an average follow-up period of 23 years.
Cigarette smoking DOUBLES your Alzheimer’s risk
Researchers found that those participants who smoked more than two packs of cigarettes per day in their 50s had a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s as compared with nonsmokers.
In fact, smokers more than doubled their risk!
Scientists speculate that cigarette smoking leads to oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which are important factors in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, previous studies have linked the vascular damage that smoking causes to stroke and researchers believe it’s this same damage that plays a role in the development of dementia in heavy smokers.
There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, 250 of which are known to be harmful—including such toxins as formaldehyde, ammonia, vinyl chloride, and hydrogen cyanide.
Tobacco smoke is laced with toxic metals
And as if those frightening toxins weren’t bad enough in just a single lungful of tobacco smoke, you’re also being exposed to a variety of toxic metals, including arsenic, benzene, and beryllium.
The bottom line is that cigarette smoking is linked to millions of illnesses and deaths each year. Smoking has already been found to be a major contributor to heart disease, stroke, and cancer and the findings from this latest study are just another really good reason to make the commitment to kick the habit once and for all.
Remember where there’s smoke there’s disease, there’s dementia, and there’s death.