REMEMBER how long it has been since your last cigarette?
According to a recent World Health Organisation study now shows that smoking has been linked with memory disorders.
The study concluded that smoking could be attributed not only to 14% of Alzheimer’s cases, but more shockingly, that nicotine may lead to dementia.
Smoking has been shown in the past to cause anteriosclerosis, a hardening of arteries which, if in the brain, can deprive the brain of oxygen and lead to certain types of dementia.
Tobacco may also cause oxidative stress, which leads to a type of neural inflammation peresent in Alzheimer’s brains.
Smoking is rampant both on the Costa del Sol and Spain at large, where over 35% of men and 25% of women consider themselves smokers.
The World Health Organisation insists that those exposed to secondhand smoke are in danger as well – with smoke in households increasing dementia risks by up to 78%.