The shocking ways smoking negatively affects your health

Everyone knows that smoking is a seriously bad habit. It’s long been associated with lung cancer, but the health effects extend far beyond this. It’s one of the worst things you could possibly do with regards to your body and health. To help demonstrate this, here are a few shocking things that can happen when you smoke regularly:

Smoking speeds up menopause

For women, this is a very serious health issue as it affects your ability to have children. All women go through a stage where they, unfortunately, lose the ability to have kids. But, this tends to happen long after you’ve already had kids, so it’s not so much of an issue. However, when you smoke, you can speed up the process and bring it earlier than scheduled. Women in their 30’s are going through early menopause almost exclusively because they smoke. If you’re yet to have children, then this is as good a reason as any to quit your bad habit.

Smoking has been linked with MS

Multiple Sclerosis is one of the worst diseases anyone can get. It affects your brain and spinal cord, causing issues with your vision, balance, and general health. Many things could cause this, but it’s strongly suggested that regular smoking increases your chances of contracting this life-changing problem. The problem with MS is that there are lots of different symptoms and various types of this disease. You can have a look on sites like Shift MS that contain forums for people with this condition as it will give more information on symptoms, what to look out for, and what to do if you fear you have this problem. If you smoke, then there’s every chance you could contract this condition in the future - so cut it out.

Smoking causes COPD

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is essentially a breathing condition. People with COPD will have severe asthma symptoms, and daily activities can be hard as you need an inhaler all the time. A shocking 80% of COPD cases are linked to smoking. It’s pretty much the number one cause of this disease, which is hardly a surprise when you think about it. After all, you’re inhaling toxic smoke into your lungs. It’s terrible for your breathing, so cut it out before you develop a disease that stays with you for the rest of your life.

Smoking raises your cholesterol

If you have too much bad cholesterol in your body, then it essentially clogs up your blood vessels and increases the chance of all kinds of heart problems. There’s a reason you see so many food products on the market that claim to lower your cholesterol - it’s not something you want a lot of! Smoking raises bad cholesterol and reduces the good one. This can cause so many illnesses that are so severe they may end your life early.

My whole point is that smoking is the worst habit you could possibly have. If you’re aiming to make 2019 a year full of good health and happiness, then cut out this habit!

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