Smoking May Deteriorate Mental Health

Smoking May Deteriorate Mental HealthA group of researchers at the King's College London has discovered in a new study that smoking can affect one's brain as well along with lungs and other parts of the body. It says that the effect can be extremely negative and even worse than obesity or high blood pressure.

The brain can realize devastation of memory as well as reasoning and learning ability. A number of over-50s were enrolled for the study and all of them were analyzed on the basis of their health and lifestyle. Also, their brain tests were conducted.

The brain tests involved naming as many animals in a minute as possible and learning new words. It was found that the ones who smoked were scoring less in the same. The tests were repeated at a gap of four and eight years.

It is being said that one's lifestyle plays a major role in determining the health of one's mind and body. Therefore, one should eat a balanced diet and focus on exercising to maintain a healthy weight. Besides, smoking should be avoided and they should get cholesterol and BP checked.

"Research has repeatedly linked smoking and high blood pressure to a greater risk of cognitive decline and dementia, and this study adds further weight to that evidence", Alzheimer's Research UK's Dr. Simon Ridley.