5 Health Benefits of smoking
5 Health Benefits of smoking: We all know that smoking is injurious to health. Smoking can cause diseases like cancer and many other diseases. But on the other hand smoking has certain benefits as well. But don’t take it as a motivation for smoking. As smoking still has more bad effects as compared to the good effects it may have.
Smoking lowers the risk of knee-replacement surgery
While smokers might spend huge amounts buying a pack of cigarettes, they can at least save some money by avoiding knee-replacement surgery. There have been surprising results from a recent study that has revealed that men who smoke had less risk of undergoing total joint replacement surgery than those who never smoked.
The Recent study, from the University of Adelaide in Australia, appeared in the July issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. What really could be the connection? Knee-replacement surgery was most common among joggers and the obese; smokers rarely jog, and they are less likely to be morbidly obese.
After controlling for Weight, age and exercise, the researchers were at a loss to explain the reason, albeit slight protective effects of smoking for osteoporosis. It might be that the nicotine in tobacco helps prevent joint deterioration and cartilage.
Smoking lowers risk of Parkinson’s disease
Multiple studies have identified the uncanny inverse relationship between smoking and Parkinson’s disease. Long-term smokers somehow are protected against Parkinson’s, and not because smokers die of other things earlier.
The most recent study was published in a March 2010 issue of the journal Neurology. Farther from determining a reason for the protective effect, these researchers found that the number of years and months spent smoking. More so than the number of cigarettes smoked daily, mattered more for a stronger protective effect.
Harvard researchers were among the initial few to provide a convincing evidence that smokers were less likely to develop Parkinson’s. In a study published in Neurology in March 2007. these researchers found the protective effect wanes after smokers quit. And they concluded, in their special scientific way, that they don’t have any clue as to why.
Smoking lowers risk of death after some heart attacks
Compared with non-smokers, the smokers who have had heart attacks seem to have lower mortality rates. There have been more favorable responses to two kinds of therapies to remove plaque from their arteries: fibrinolytic therapy, which is basically medication; and angioplasty, which removes the plaque by inserting balloons or stents into the arteries.
There’s a always a catch. The reason why smokers have heart attacks is that smoke scars the arteriesof the heart , allowing fat and plaque to build up in the first place. So, one theory as to why majority of smokers do better than non-smokers after such therapies is that they are younger. Or they are experiencing their first heart attack approximately 10 years before the non-smoker.
A study published in an August 2005 issue of the American Heart Journal, however, states that age alone is not enough to completely explain the survival differences and that “the smoker’s paradox is alive and well.” No alternative theories have been put forth since.
Smoking lowers risk of obesity
Smoking — particularly, the nicotine in tobacco smoke — is an appetite suppressant. It has been known for centuries, dating back to indigenous cultures in America in the pre-Columbus era. Tobacco companies were caught on by the 1920s and began targeting women with the lure that smoking would make them thinner. There were numerous adds targeting women. Slim models were used in the advertisements to sell cigarettes.
A study that was published in the July 2011 issue of the journal Physiology & Behavior, in fact, is one of many studies that states the inevitable weight gain upon quitting smoking is a major barrier in getting people to stop, second only to addiction.
The relationship between smoking and weight control is complex: Nicotine acts as both a stimulant and appetite suppressant. The act of smoking triggers behavior modification that prompts smokers to snack lesser. Smoking also make food less tasty for some smokers, further curbing appetite. As an appetite suppressant, nicotine acts on a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. At least in mice, as revealed in a study by Yale researchers published in the June 10, 2011, issue of the journal Science.
Not even single respectable doctor would recommend smoking for weight control, given the toxic loads accompanying cigarettes. This recent Yale study, however, does offer an inkling of hope for a safe diet drug to help obese people control their appetites.
Smoking helps the heart drug clopidogrel work better
Clopidogrel is a drug that is used to inhibit blood clots for those patients suffering from coronary artery disease and any other circulatory diseases leading to strokes and heart attacks. Smoking helps clopidogrel do its job better.
A Korean research in the October 2010 issue of the journal Thrombosis Research builds upon work by Harvard researchers published in 2009. This Study demonstrated the benefit of smoking at least 10 cigarettes a day. It seems like there is something in cigarette smoke activates. That activates certain proteins called cytochromes, which convert clopidogrel into a more active state.
Again, there is no respectable doctor is encouraging patients to start smoking to get the most out of clopidogrel. But this and the other few “benefits” of smoking reveal how tobacco — perhaps not unlike other potentially toxic plants — might contain certain chemicals of real therapeutic value.