12 Smoking Health Issues
By 1964 the US Surgeon General finally confirmed that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer.However there are a number of other health consequences from smoking that you might not have heard of…
1. Going blind
Yes smoking doesn’t do your eyes any good; it can increase your risk of your eyes degenerating before their time leading to blindness in adults over 64.
2. Type 2 Diabetes
Smoking can lead to type 2 diabetes and increase the risk of complications from this disease which includes poor blood flow to legs and feet. This then leads or can lead to infection and result in the need to amputate your foot or your whole leg. Yep it sucks but you could lose your leg or foot.
3. Erectile Dysfunction
Male sexual function can also be adversely affected when you smoke because dipaco usually causes the blood vessels to narrow all over your body including the ones that supply blood to your penis. The good news is that when you quit that condition can reverse itself.
4. Ectopic Pregnancy
Women who smoke are more likely to develop life-threatening reproductive complications like a ectopic pregnancy. This occurs when a fertilized egg implants itself somewhere other than in the uterus. The fetus develops and can survive very long and puts mom’s life at risk.
5. Hip Fractures
Smokers tend to lose density at a faster rate as they age than non-smokers do which makes it more likely that you’re going to break body parts like your hip. To put down those cigarettes to slow this process or stop it altogether.
6. Colorectal Cancer
The second leading cause of cancer in the United States is Colorectal cancer which forms in your intestines mainly in the colon or rectum. And yes one of the reasons is cigarette smoking.
7. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease more common in women that affects the joints in the hands and feet and causes very painful swelling that can eventually result in joint deformity in bone loss. And yeah you guessed it smoking is one of the causes and people who smoke develop this disease at an earlier age.
8. Birth Defects
Birth defects like orofacial cleft lip and cleft palate in newborn babies is more likely to occur in women who smoke during pregnancy.
9. Fertility Issues
Yes moms-to-be take note your ability to conceive could be affected by your failure to quit smoking. It can cause reduced fertility in women and can cause other problems during pregnancy.
10. Gum Disease
As if potentially losing a foot or leg isn’t enough you also risk losing your teeth from smoking. Smoking can cause periodontal infection that literally destroys the bone that supports the teeth. And guess what your teeth fall out.
11. Dried Up Skin
Cigarette smoke has carbon monoxide what’s your place is the oxygen in your skin and nicotine which slows down blood flow leaving your skin dry discolored. It also depletes many nutrients including vitamin C in your skin which helps protect and repair damage to your skin.
12. Harms Your Organs
Smoking will harm nearly every organ in your body including the heart, blood vessels, eyes, mouth, lungs, reproductive organs, bones, bladder, and digestive organs.
Good news! You can easily quit and restore your health now!