By Interactive Metronome - December 5, 2011
Smoking makes you fog up your memory!
We have all heard of the dangerous effects to our health from smoking cigarettes, the habit causes different types of cancers, emphysema, gum disease, digestive, nervous, and cardiovascular problems, the list goes on and on. To add to the dangers of smoking is Alzheimer’s disease, since smoking causes narrowing of blood vessels it could contribute to vascular dementia by depriving brain cells of oxygen.
People who smoke two packs a day during middle age face a 157% increased chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease and 172% greater risk of developing vascular dementia compared to nonsmokers. Recent studies by Kaiser Permanente in California and the University of Eastern Finland has established a firm link between smoking and the onset of dementia in your senior years. Quitting smoking will bring you instant benefits that include both health and social gains, which will benefit you and those around you.
Alzheimer is second only to cancer as the disease most feared by Americans, and with good reason. One in eight Baby Boomers will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Article by Laurie Edwards, The Washington Times
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