5 Surprising Ways Smoking Won’t Kill You, But Rather Benefit Your Health

Believe it or not, even though there are many health problems that can arise from smoking, there are also some health benefits that can come from this habit. Obviously, your doctor isn’t going to want you to go out and take up smoking. But, if you are already a smoker, there are some diseases that you may be able to avoid because you smoke, even if you are using an e-cigarette to help you cut back. Here are the five main health benefits from smoking.

1. Less Risk Of Parkinson’s Disease

A study in the March 2010 issue of the Neurology journal shows that smoking is linked to reduced chances of developing Parkinson’s disease. The longer you smoke, and the more you smoke, the more protected against this disease you are. Some of the first researchers to come up with these findings were Harvard researchers, and they also found out that the risk of developing the disease increases when you quit smoking.

2. Less Risk Of Obesity

Nicotine is an appetite suppressant, so chances are that if you are a smoker, you don’t have a lot of problems with keeping your weight under control. In fact, in the early 20th century, tobacco companies targeted women, telling them that smoking can help them stay slim. One study that was published in the July 2011 issue of the Physiology and Behavior Journal states that the fear of weight gain is what prevents many people from kicking the habit. Nicotine acts on the hypothalamus (in mice that were tested anyway), suppressing the appetite. Also, smoking tends to make food less tasty, so smokers eat less.

3. Less Risk Of Death

after Some Heart Attacks – As strange as it sounds, smokers who have had heart attacks don’t tend to die as often as non-smokers who have had heart attacks. This is because smokers’ bodies deal better with two types of plaque removal therapies, medication and angioplasty. A heart attack is likely caused by smoking in the first place, because it causes the plaque buildup on the arteries. But, smokers tend to have heart attacks earlier in life, so they are able to heal better than non-smokers who have heart attacks when they are older.

4. Smoking Helps A Heart Drug Work Better

If you are prescribed Clopidrogel for blood clot inhabitation due to coronary artery disease or other circulatory diseases that can lead to heart attacks and strokes, the drug will work better when you are a smoker. In October 2010, a study was published by Korean researches in the Thrombosis Research journal. The study shows that those who smoke 10 or more cigarettes per day have an increased activity in proteins known as cytochromes. These proteins convert the drug Clopidrogel so it is more active.

5. Less Risk Of Knee Replacement

New studies show that men who smoke are less at risk of needing complete joint replacement than those who do not and have never smoked cigarettes. This study is from the University of Adelaide in Australia, and it can be found in the July issue of the Arthritis & Rheumatism journal. Why don’t you need knee replacement? Chances are that you aren’t a jogger since you smoke, and that is one of the main causes of knee injuries.

Now, we are not suggesting that anyone take up smoking. And, no doctor is going to suggest that either. But, if you are already a smoker, and you are worried about the effects smoking is having on your health, take heart in knowing that there are some health problems you may be able to avoid if you aren’t able to successfully kick the habit. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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