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Smoking Doubles Risk of Alzheimer's & Dementia!

Updated on March 10, 2012
As if heart disease and cancer weren't bad enough, now there's Alzheimer's and dementia.
As if heart disease and cancer weren't bad enough, now there's Alzheimer's and dementia.

Smoking: More Dangerous Than You Thought!

A recent study has found that those who are heavy smokers in middle age, double their risk of Alzheimer's and/or dementia in later life. The study applies to both men and women of all races. 

The study followed 20,000+ participants in their 50s and 60s and found, in a follow up 20 years later, that about 25% were found to suffer from dementia, while a quarter of those had Alzheimer's. 

The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Alzheimer's is a terrible disease and you double your chances of contracting it if you smoke in middle age.
Alzheimer's is a terrible disease and you double your chances of contracting it if you smoke in middle age.

Smoking & Alzheimer's & Dementia: More News!

Smokers who smoked more than two packs a day, increased their risk of dementia by 114%, and had a 157% increased risk for Alzheimer's, 

But you're not off the hook if you smoke less. Researchers in the study say that even if you're a light smoker---you're still at risk!

Alzheimer's is a fatal brain disease that effects 26 million worldwide. Don't increase your risk by smoking! It's dangerous in more ways than one. 


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      Dawn Michael 

      7 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      interesting information, One more reason not to smoke, but than again if you do smoke will you even get to the age where you would get alsheimers or dementia? It seems that cancer will get you first.

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