Kicking the Habit Boosts Health, Even in Old Age

Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 03:09 PM

By Nick Tate

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
It’s never too late to quit smoking. That’s the latest word from German researchers who found even seniors in their 70s can greatly lower their risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke by quitting tobacco.
 
The study, published by the German Cancer Research Center in the European Journal of Epidemiology, found each cigarette smoked increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and can cause prematurely aging that stresses the heart.
 
"We were able to show that the risk of smokers for cardiovascular diseases is more than twice that of non-smokers. However, former smokers are affected at almost the same low rate as people of the same age who never smoked," said Hermann Brenner, who helped conduct the study of more than 8,800 Germans between 50 and 74 years of age. "Moreover, smokers are affected at a significantly younger age than individuals who have never smoked or have stopped smoking."

Alert: The Two Signs Your Heart Is In Trouble
 
For example, Brenner said the results indicate a 60-year-old smoker has the same risk of suffering a heart attack as a 79-year-old non-smoker and the same risk of stroke as a 69-year-old non-smoker. In addition, the more cigarettes a smoker consumes per day over a period of time, the higher his or her risk.
 
Here’s the good news: It doesn’t take long for the health benefits of smoking cessation to become noticeable.
 
"Compared to individuals who continue smoking, the risk of [heart attack] and stroke is reduced by more than 40 percent already within the first five years after the last cigarette," said co-researcher Carolin Gellert.
 
As a result, the researchers suggested that smoking cessation programs, which tend to target younger people, should be expanded to reach out to older people as well.

© 2014 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Painful Urination: What Does It Mean?

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 01:10 AM

Painful urination includes signs of discomfort, a burning sensation, or anxiety while passing urine. It is more common i . . .

Pancreatic Cancer: Its Symptoms, Awareness, and Treatments

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 00:57 AM

Awareness on pancreatic cancer is quite imperative, since it can give you a chance at a healthy and happy life. Awarenes . . .

Panic and Anxiety Attacks: Symptoms and Disorders

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 00:43 AM

There are different types of medications for panic and anxiety attacks and disorders. In different cases, different medi . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved