Smoking doubles chances of dementia

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Research however detecting over a total 202 the eventually developed. (Photo Archive)

Smoking in old age doubles the chances of developing dementia, according to a study by Japan’s Kyushu University and published by the newspaper “Asahi”.
“Smoking can cause brain aging and arterial sclerosis. And these effects can result in increased susceptibility to dementia,” explained Professor Tomoyuki Ohara, team member of the Japanese university.
The study was conducted by monitoring for 15 years of 712 people aged 65 or more years in the Japanese town of Hisayama, Fukuoka prefecture (south).
In 1988, when it began to carry out medical examinations, none of those who underwent the study, which had an average of 72 years, suffered any type of dementia.
Research however detecting over a total 202 the eventually developed.
The team separated the 712 patients into three groups-non-smoking, ex-smokers, and smokers, and found that the proportion of smokers who developed dementia was twice, in relation to the nonsmokers. No significant differences between former smokers and nonsmokers were found, says the study.