Health Risks After 40 – Part Four

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Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in middle age. And the longer you puff, the higher your risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, lung disease, and cancer. We have all heard the reasons why we shouldn’t smoke. If you’re still smoking hopefully, we can persuade to quit. Regardless of your age, it’s not too late to stop smoking.

Reason’s to Quit Smoking:

  1. Quit for your health. A lot of the damage done can be reversed by stopping. It’s never too late.
  2. Quit for your finances. Smoking is EXPENSIVE! Not only are the cigarettes expensive, but the health bills associated with it are also costly.
  3. Quit for your looks. You’ll have better breath, your teeth will be whiter, your clothes will smell better, your skin will look better. You can reverse the damage to your skin in about two weeks.
  4. Quit for your loved ones. Smoking not only harms you but your loved ones. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases their chances of lung cancer and heart disease in healthy nonsmokers.

What Happen When You Quit?

  1. Food tastes better after you’ve quit smoking.
  2. Immediately after quitting smoking, heart rate and blood pressure, which is abnormally high while smoking, begin to return to normal.
  3. After five years, many kinds of cancer, including lung, larynx, mouth, stomach, cervix, bladder, show decline in risk, and that decline approaches the same risk of someone who has never smoked.
  4. In one year, your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke are cut in half.
  5. Everyday activities no longer leave you out of breath.

Convinced Yet?

If you’re still not convinced, do more research. Quitting is not easy, but I will assure you it’s well worth it in the end.

Want to stop, but need some help. Visit these websites for help quitting tobacco.

  • www.smokefree.gov
  • www.lung.org and
  • www.cancer.gov

 

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