Have you struggled with trying to quit smoking? Quitting smoking can be tough, as it can result in mood swings, frustration and anger if you relapse. No matter how hard it may be, the best doctors all agree that quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do for your health if you are a smoker.
If you’ve struggled with quitting in the past, you might just need some more motivation. You probably already know the main reasons to quit smoking, but you might be overlooking some reasons why you should quit smoking. This article will address some common overlooked reasons that should motivate people to stop smoking today so that they may have a healthier and happy future ahead.
Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s Disease is on the rise, especially in smokers. Most people don’t know that mental decline is much, much faster amongst elderly smokers when compared to nonsmokers. In fact, it’s up to five times faster. Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t simply impede one’s mental capacities, it can also limit ones ability to do simple things like go to doctor’s appointments or even walk outdoors to get your mail. When one succumbs to this disease they have to rely on friends and family members to help them. If a smoker can’t quit, he/she is at risk for ruining their life and burdening the lives of others.
American author Flannery O’Connor was an avid smoker and, sure enough, she suffered from lupus. According to research conducted by Harvard University, smoking and lupus are connected. The conclusion states that there was “statistically significant associations between current smoking and the development of SLE (lupus)”. This debilitating disease causes severe pain and inflammation to the tissues, and debilitates one’s ability to live any semblance of a happy life.
Gentlemen who want to maintain performance in the bedroom have a good reason to stop smoking. If you do some online research, you will come across several studies conducted on the relationship between smoking and impotency. Smoking can disable one from being able to get an erection, and this can devastate a marriage.
Saying no to smoking
If you have been smoking for a long time and you are already experiencing some of these symptoms (and there are many more this article has not covered) you may want to get a supplemental program with your health insurance that will aid you in kicking this nasty and deadly habit. Concierge medicine is a great resource for people who are trying to nix the tobacco from their daily routine. If you are already showing symptoms, and you are at risk for the side effects of quitting, having a doctor on call 24/7 will help you beat your addiction and improve your overall health, as you will receive greater attention from a physician who will get to know you as a person and not just as a random patient. Although this service was once an expensive luxury item, it is now so affordable that the kid delivering your pizza could carry it. In most cases, concierge health care costs about as much as a cable TV and Internet package.
No more smoke signals
Do your research and get motivated to quit smoking before your health gets any worse. Utilize all of your resources, and look for places where help is offered, including help that exists beyond traditional primary care.
Author Sara Fletcher is a freelance journalist and mother of two who is researching concierge medicine as an option for her parents. You can follow her on Google+.