We all know that smoking is bad for your health. It’s linked to cancer, respiratory conditions, stroke, birth defects, and many other conditions. We often think about heart, lung, and even skin health; but what about our brain health?
As we age, our cognitive health naturally declines. Alzheimer’s is a cognition disease, creating loss of memory and confusion. You need to protect your brain, as some damage becomes irreversible. Since there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, you need to choose a lifestyle that protects positive brain health.
If you’re currently a smoker, quitting could dramatically decrease the likelihood that you’ll develop Alzheimer’s disease. It has been found that passive smokers increase their risk of cognitive decline by 44%. How does smoking create these negative effects? Once you have a more thorough understanding, you may think twice before lighting up your next cigarette.
In America alone, there were an estimated 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s in 2013. Not only is it affecting individual’s mental health, but it is now the third leading cause of death in America (right behind cancer and heart disease).
Sure, you cannot change your age or your genetic history, however you can change the choices you make within your lifestyle. It has been found that 14% of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide is directly attributed to smoking. This has been found throughout North America, China, India, and Latin America.
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