Does Smoking Increase Memory Loss? Surprising Study Results

Smoking Increases Memory Loss In Midlife

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A team of researchers at Ohio State University surveyed how does smoking increase memory loss. The study is published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Study

The researchers surveyed data from the 2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey. The analysis included 136,018 participants (45 years and older). The subjective cognitive decline (SCD) measures for middle-aged smokers, recent former smokers, and non-smokers were compared.

The Findings

The results revealed that current smokers are more prone to memory loss in middle age, in comparison to recent former smokers or non-smokers.

The authors remarked: “These findings [on midlife memory loss] could imply that the time since smoking cessation does matter, and may be linked to cognitive outcomes. [The study suggests] that quitting smoking may have a benefit for cognitive health.

To Know More You May Refer To

Rajczyk, J. I., Ferketich, A., & Wing, J. J. (2023). Relation Between Smoking Status and Subjective Cognitive Decline in Middle Age and Older Adults: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of 2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Data. Journal of Alzheimer’s disease : JAD91(1), 215–223. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-220501

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