Smoking causes early menopause… another reason to quit!

cigarette-smashSmoking causes risks to your health. It is written on the packets and the countless advertising we are bombarded with, encouraging us to lead a healthier lifestyle. This is because smoking is scientifically proven to be bad for our body’s.

Not to mention the affect it has on your skin. It is commonly known that smoking can make the appearance of ageing more prominent at a younger age. Smoking is also a well-documented cause of many different types of disease such as cancer, heart disease and health issues such as infertility.

We all know that smoking is bad for us. But what you may not know is that another side affect of smoking has recently been assessed, it can induce early menopause. Scientists used to think that it could cause accelerated menopause by up to 1-2 years, but a new study has found that smoking can cause menopause as early as 9 years before you would naturally be expected to hit it.

The findings published in the journal ‘Menopause’ stated that the findings were based on specific genetics, and that this statistic was found to happen more commonly in white women and that the same relationship between smoking and black women could not be found. (Though this is not to say that any women should carry on smoking, as it is still not good for you, whether you hold the offending gene or not!)

This study has not been taken lightly. The researchers spent 14 years following over 400 women between the ages of 35 to 47. The women that carried the specific gene and were not smokers, entered menopause significantly later than women who do smoke.

And so if the threat of cancer, heart attacks and dreaded wrinkles was not enough for you, then maybe the thought of possible early menopause might tip you over the edge and encourage you to throw your pack of 20 in the bin and start living a healthier lifestyle.

There are many ways to give up smoking, some of which can be bought on the high street and some of which can be prescribed by your doctor. But any attempt to quit is a step in the right direction, no matter how you choose to go about it.

For more information on the study, visit the link below:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/272316.php

For more information on giving up smoking, visit the NHS website and take your first step to quitting:

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking/pages/stopsmokingnewhome.aspx

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