Smoking Doubles Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Reveals

October 26th, 2010 - 7:18 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
SmokingOct 26, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A recent research has revealed that middle-aged people who are chain smokers more than double their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease as well as other kinds of dementia at later stages of their lives. The study that was conducted by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio highlights that there might be some link between smoking and developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

With the aim of finding out the missing link between smoking and cognitive impairment, the researcher took into account around 21,123 individuals in California who were all within the age group of 50 to 60. The participants were analyzed over an extended period between 1978 and 1985 and during the course of the study, around 25 per cent of them were diagnosed with different kinds of dementia which included 1,136 cases of Alzheimer’s disease while 416 individuals were diagnosed with vascular dementia. Following the study, the researchers were able to conclude that in comparison to non-smokers, those participants who smoked more than two packets of cigarettes every day increased their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia by 2.17 times. Moreover, in the study the chances of the chain smokers developing other forms of dementia also accentuated by 2.14 times.

While revealing details of the study, Rachel Whitmer who is the lead author of the study stated that the results of the research indicates that brain is not at all immune to the long-term consequences that chain smoking might have on an individual. The findings of the study came to light after it was published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine on Monday.

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