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Smoking puts men at risk of dementia

Smoking puts men at risk of dementia
9th February 2012

Men who smoke could be placing themselves at an increased risk of dementia, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University College London identified that nicotine can erode problem-solving capacity and self-control. What’s more, patients may find themselves seeing things that aren’t really there.

The discovery was made when analysing British civil service employees for a link between smoking and cognitive decline from middle age to later on in life.

Data from 5,099 men and 2,137 women revealed that smoking in men is associated with more rapid cognitive decline. Men who continued to smoke over the follow-up period also experienced greater decline in all cognitive tests.

A previous study found that heavy smoking in mid-life increases a person risk of developing dementia.

Smoking creates oxidative stress and inflammation, which researchers believe are important in the development of Alzheimer's disease in particular, but could also cause other forms of dementia.

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