A new study has suggested that smokers over 50 are more likely to suffer mental decline. It is currently unknown whether this is linked to simply old age or whether smoking and its chemicals cause this.
The research carried out by scientists working on the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) studied 8,000 older adults in an attempt to measure the effects of smoking and found that those over the age of 50 were more susceptible to poor organisation and slower thinking. Testing the same participants after 4 and 8 years, an association was found between high blood pressure and risk of stroke and lower scores for memory and overall mental ability.
The results indicated that high blood pressure has a gradual effect on the brain over a long period, prompting experts to call for future trials to focus on combinations of risk factors.
The detrimental effects of tobacco smoking on lung and heart health have long been documented; however studies into the mental impacts of smoking are beginning to gather pace. What makes the findings all the more concerning is the fact that one in 3 people over 65 will develop dementia.
Actively researching updates and developments within the industry, I spoke to the team at Nicolites who were quick to respond to the news. Managing Director, Nikhil Nathwani, shares his thoughts.
“These results serve to keep building the awareness of the cognitive effects of conventional smoking. Those who are concerned about mental health problems such as dementia would be well advised to turn towards electronic cigarettes which do not contain harmful substances such as tobacco. A change in diet and lifestyle can also help minimise the risk of developing such diseases,” explains Nikhil.
Electronic cigarettes are smoke and tar free and do not contain any cancer causing chemicals, which it seems could also be leading to mental decline such as Dementia. They represent the taste, look and feel but are a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. Great effort is also taken to make them weigh and appear as similar to a traditional cigarette as possible, as well mirroring the smoke hit felt when a smoker puffs on a cigarettes.
Although it is obviously a great choice to completely stop smoking I understand how difficult this can be and changing to the electronic type would not only be healthier for your lungs, but it seems may also be beneficial for your mental.