Smoking linked to increased risk of brain bleed

At this point, you really don’t need me to tell you that smoking is bad.

You’ve heard it from your doctors, family members, friends, and maybe even strangers on the street: Smoking can lead to cancer and heart disease.

And not to mention, quitting will help you breathe better (and get rid of that hacking cough).

Well, it’s time to stop talking and actually start doing – because it turns out that heavy smoking (about a pack a day) can increase your risk of BLEEDING in your BRAIN.

But if you kick the habit now, you can reduce it.

Researchers in Finland reviewed data on more than 65,000 adults and found that smoking increased the risk for brain bleeds in both men and women.

But ladies, you’re at the greatest risk – because you’re:

  • Three times more likely to suffer a brain bleed if they smoked just one to 10 cigarettes daily
  • Almost four times more likely if they smoked 11 to 20 cigarettes daily
  • More than eight times more likely if they were heavy smokers (21 to 30 cigarettes a day)

Guys, your risk is lower – but you’re not in the clear, because men who were heavy smokers were nearly three times as likely to have a brain bleed as non-smoking men.

Still reaching for a cigarette? Well, let me explain what happens when you’ve got one of those brain bleeds.

Essentially, blood starts “leaking” in the area surrounding your brain, causing your “worst headache ever” – as well as confusion, vomiting, double vision, and even seizures.

It hits without warning – and its survivors are often left with severe disabilities. About half the victims of brain bleeds die

The safest route here is to never start smoking, especially if you’re a woman. But if you already smoke, then your best bet is to quit… and to quit now.

And while you may want to quit – and nearly 40 per cent of you have tried to kick the habit in the last year – it’s easier said than done, right?

I know you think you can’t do it on your own, so you may ask your doctor for a prescription for those pills that are supposed to help… or you may try the patch, the chewing gum, or even “vaping.”

But all of these options are loaded with risks. And you might end up just trading one habit for another.

Your best bet is to go cold turkey and to talk with a holistic doctor who can recommend natural methods to curb those cravings, like acupuncture.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Heavy Smoking Linked to Brain Bleed Risk, medpagetoday.com/Pulmonology/Smoking/59266?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-07-25&eun=g1024616d0r&pos=11

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