“Smoking May Increase Dementia Risk”

Smoking May Increase Dementia Risk,” by Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times

“Yet another reason to stop smoking: It may reduce your risk for dementia. Korean researchers studied 46,140 men, 60 and older, following them for an average of eight years with periodic health examinations. Over the course of the study, 1,644 people were given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. After controlling for age, body mass index, blood pressure, physical activity and other health and behavioral characteristics, they found that the less time men smoked, the less likely they were to have dementia. Compared with continual smokers, men who had quit for up to four years had a 13 percent lower risk, those who had quit for four years or more a 14 percent lower risk, and never-smokers a 19 percent lower risk. The study is in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):

Some might say you need to have dementia already to keep smoking nowadays.

Smoking May Increase Dementia Risk