Smokers have higher rates of bowel diseases

Smokers have higher rates of bowel diseases

Just another reason to make 2013 the year you quit for good.  Bowel diseases are a hideous way to die.

After taking into account the other risk factors, the scientists found smokers were 90% more likely to develop Crohn’s than women who never smoked and ex-smokers were 35% more likely.

The more people smoked, the higher their risk. 

Women who had smoked a pack a day for more than 25 years were 2.3 times as likely. 

Dr. Leslie Higuchi, the lead author of the study and a researcher at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School said “The increased risk of ulcerative colitis following smoking cessation persisted even two decades after cessation”. 

Study from data on nearly 230,000 female nurses who were surveyed about their behavior and health status from 1976 and 1989, as published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, online July 10, 2012.  As reported by Reuters Health on Friday July 27, 2012.

Posted: Monday 7 January 2013