Mid-Life Memory Loss Linked to Smoking
French researchers recently released the results of a three year study that involved more than ten thousand English civil servants ages thirty five to fifty five during the late eighties, and these results seem to indicate that smokers are at greater risk for mid-life memory loss. Additionally, medical evidences suggests that smokers who are experiencing mid-life memory loss may be on a faster track to dementia.
So your may be thinking, with all of the public health messages about the dangers of smoking, why have I not heard about memory loss?
The answer to this question is simple. Tobacco smoking leads to death, and the focus of most health campaigns has been geared to this fact. Consequently, other negative effects of cigarette smoking have fallen by the wayside.
Although the results of this study are alarming, individuals who smoke should not despair, because researchers also noted that long-term ex-smokers are less prone to have memory problems or other cognitive losses such as communication problems due to a loss in vocabulary and verbal communication skills than smokers. The study also indicates that cessation of smoking is beneficial even in mid-life because it usually is accompanied by other healthy behaviors that may give even longtime smokers a chance for a longer, healthier life.
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