Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Study: Quit smoking now and in 1 year see improvements

A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that a group of Wisconsinites who quit smoking might have packed on a few pounds (nine to be exact) but had healthier arteries after one year. This health benefit was measured at a 14% reduction in risk for cardiovascular disease.
This study was recently presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting.

The study also examined the difficulties of quitting smoking. The study participants were pack-a-day smokers in their 40's. They all received counseling and either a cessation treatment or a placebo. After one year only 36% of the participants were non-smokers.
What you need to know:

  • Quitting smoking is a huge challenge, even with treatment and counseling. 
  • The health benefits of quitting are numerous, including improved artery function.
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