With today recognized across the globe as World No Tobacco Day, health experts at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines have teamed together to help you understand the impact tobacco can have on your overall health. Take a look below at the risks tobacco brings to your lungs, diabetes health, heart, and brain, and rely on our team of experts at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines to welcome you to a healthier lifestyle, tobacco-free.
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is responsible for more deaths annually than colorectal, pancreas, and breast cancer combined. With cigarette smoking being the most important risk factor for lung cancer, it’s estimated that in 2017 alone, 155,000 people will die from lung cancer.
In addition to lung cancer, another risk of tobacco is heart disease. The nicotine present in smoke causes heart disease by decreasing oxygen to the heart, increasing blood pressure and heart rate, increasing blood clotting, and damaging the cells that line coronary arteries and other blood vessels.
In addition to the immense impact tobacco has on the heart, smoking puts your brain at major risk by increasing the chances of having a stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, smoke damages the cardiovascular system, in turn, paving the way for a stroke to occur. Fortunately, the National Stroke Association says that as many as 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by addressing lifestyle risks, including kicking the tobacco habit.
Not only does smoking increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, but it remains a major health concern for individuals with diabetes as well. Smoking raises the risk of damaging blood vessels that carry blood to and from all parts of the body , including the eyes, feet, and nerves which are prone to complications that can arise from diabetes.
Smoking isn’t just a dangerously strong habit that promotes heart disease, stroke, poor lung and diabetes health – it’s a habit that inconveniently affects your entire lifestyle, from both personal and financial perspectives as well. Breathe easy knowing that the team of experts at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines have resources available to help you quit the use of tobacco.
To learn more from Dr. Andrew Nish, Medical Director at John Stoddard Cancer Center, click here.