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Heavy smoking increases your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia at least 157 percent, according to a new study.
In this study as Reuters reports, more than 20,000 men and women were found to have a 157 percent higher risk of getting Alzheimer's disease. For vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia, these smokers had a 172 percent increased risk. The people in this study were heavy smokers who smoked two or more packs of cigarettes a day.
"Dementia is a disease that crops up in late life, and that becomes clinically apparent, but I think people really need to think about risk factors for it over the life course," said Rachel Whitmer, study co-author and research scientist with Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California.
The study is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.
Many other researchers say there is a strong Read more about Heavy smokers have much greater risk of developing dementia