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Smoking increases dementia risk

Smokers also have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Smoking increases dementia risk

Are you over 55 years old and still smoking? Then you are more prone to dementia and Alzheimer than those who have never smoked – or have quit smoking, shows a study from the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, which includes over 6800 men and women with an average age of 70 years.

Someone smoked, others had quit, others had never smoked. Basically, none of them were demented.

At the end of the study, it was found that smokers had 47 percent higher risk of developing dementia and 56 percent higher risk of developing Alzheimer than those who had never smoked. Corresponding risk for those who had quit smoking was 15 and 17 percent, reports Reuters Health Information.

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