Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease May Be Increased with Heavy Smoking
With the onset of Alzheimer’s disease often comes a significant change to an individual’s quality of life. When a medical condition leads to disability, Social Security disability benefits may be available.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the fastest-growing health threats in the United States and many researchers are devoting their energies to studying potential indicators of Alzheimer’s disease. A new study shows that heavy smoking during middle age may increase the risk of developing what is quite often a debilitating disease.
This was found after a large-scale study was done on more than 21,000 individuals. The risk was found to be greater than 100% for those who smoke heavily during midlife.
While smoking has always been known as a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, stroke and cancer, this new information indicates that it is also a risk factor for the brain.
After a 23-year follow-up on individuals who participated in the study, it was found that those who smoked more than 2 packs each day during their middle ages had more than a 157% risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Additionally, they had more than a 172% risk of developing vascular dementia.
While previous studies have been done linking Alzheimer’s to smoking, this one was able to specifically pinpoint the risk during midlife.
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