Most people are well aware of the fact that smoking is one of the most detrimental things that they could be doing to their overall health and well-being.
Unfortunately though, most people are still hooked on that instant satisfaction they get when they go ahead and have that cigarette, giving in to their craving.
By making yourself more aware of the top diseases that smoking can cause and making sure to bring these to mind each and every time you feel as though you are going to light up, you can prevent yourself from doing so.
Let’s have a quick peek into the top diseases that are caused by smoking.
First you have cardiovascular disease. This is one of the leading causes of death as it is and smoking is only going to make it that much worse. Coronary heart disease is increased by two to four times in those who smoke regularly, so you can see just how much of a dramatic rise there is.
Smoking is going to cause restriction of circulation by narrowing the blood vessels, which means blood cannot move to and from the heart as easily.
Smoking is also highly correlated with the development of respiratory cancer, and most people will also notice just how winded they become after they have been smoking.
This clearly illustrates how much of an influence smoking is having on your lung and for most smokers, they take action to stop too little too late.
Lung damage is already done and if that damage leads to lung cancer, it could be fatal. Other disease that impact the lungs that are related to smoking include emphysema, bronchitis, chronic airway obstruction, as well as damaging of the airways leading to lungs.
Speaking of cancer, that’s another disease that smoking will put you at a greater risk for. Smoking is going to increase your risk of a wide variety of different cancers, so don’t think that it’s only lung cancer that you need to be concerned over.
Some of the additional cancers that smokers will have a greater risk for include bladder cancer, cancer of the cervix, kidney cancer, oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, as well as stomach cancer.
Basically, smoking increase your risk of cancer period, so if you have a family history of cancer or are at all worried about this disease, it is time to butt out.
Those who are smoking regularly are also going to be putting themselves at a greater risk of suffering from a stroke as well. Smokers who are lighting up regularly are going to have a 2-4 times greater chance of suffering from a smoke, so you can again see how prevalent this risk is.
This is again related to the fact that smoking will reduce blood flow throughout the body, only in this case rather than being to the heart, it’s too the brain.
So there you have some of the most serious health conditions that smoking is going to place you at a greater risk for.
And, don’t let yourself think that these diseases are all you have to be worried about. That isn’t the case at all.
In addition to these diseases, you will also be at risk for suffering from infertility (more so in males), and if you happen to be pregnant and choose to keep smoking while you are, you will be at risk for a preterm delivery, having a baby that is a stillbirth, having a baby of low birth weight, as well as your aby suffering from sudden infant death syndrome.
Most women already know that they should absolutely stop smoking while they are pregnant but some still choose to forgo this advice, either because they just don’t want to or as is more often the case, because they simply can’t quit.
In these cases, these women should be looking into the e-cigarette option as this will be a far healthier alternative that won’t put their baby at the risk that regular cigarettes would.
So take control over your health – stop smoking and your risk of a number of diseases will dramatically decrease.