Wired PR News — Smoking has long been recognized to have serious negative affects on the heath of individuals. Obesity is also recognized as a hindrance to good health that may lead to serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and in some cases a shortened life span. A Health Day News report has identified the combination of smoking and obesity as a high risk factor for death.
The report presents information pertaining to a new study, published in this month’s issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in which data was collected for more than 3 million individuals who range in age from 50 to 71. Each was a member of the AARP, and responded to surveys regarding their health and family history. The information, combined with information of members who had died over the course of a ten year period, from 1996 to 2006, revealed that smokers within the group had higher rates of dying.
Doctors have suggested that smoking may pose a greater risk than obesity for serious conditions, and some recommend that those who must make a choice between dealing with both issues choose stopping smoking first. More detailed information about the study can be found in November’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.