Bad news for all you male smokers out there because latest findings reveal that men who smoke are more likely to suffer from rapid mental decline compared to their nonsmoking counterparts.
In the study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry,
scientists analyzed data from nearly 6,000 men and more than 2,100 women. To evaluate their thinking abilities,
participants were given their first mental assessment at midlife, an
average age of 56. Overall, men who who recent ex-smokers show greater decline in
"executive function," which is a term for more complex thinking skills.
The findings did not reveal a similar link between smoking and mental decline in female smokers. The researchers theorize that women might be smoking fewer cigarettes a day than men do and for fewer years. Other lifestyle habits like drinking alcohol may play a role. But it's not all bad news: the researchers suspect the negative effects of smoking on memory and thinking skills might wear off about 10 years after quitting.
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