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Fresh Bad News for Smokers

“On average people who smoke die about 10 years sooner than non-smokers. The New England Journal of Medicine.

“Smoking triples the risk for cataracts and is also a risk factor for macular degeneration and its response to treatment. Dr. Nicholas Volpe, Tarry Professor and Chairman Department of Opthalmology Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University

“The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012 (latest year with statistics) about 173,200 cancer deaths will be caused by tobacco use. The overall survival rate for those with lung cancer, sadly, remains at around 15%,” so starts my Page – How bad is Smoking.

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But, “nearly half a million people will die from smoking-related diseases this year. Each day, more than 3,200 youths smoke their first cigarette. New products such as e-cigarettes, with effects that aren’t yet understood, complicate public health messages. And if current trends continue unabated, 5.6 million of today’s children and teens will go on to die prematurely during adulthood because of smoking,” the Associated Press said.

The Surgeon General released a fresh report on Friday enumerating the above and more dire consequences that smokers are exposing themselves to.

“Remarkably, the report adds more entries to the official list of smoking-caused diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction, the macular degeneration that can blind older adults, two additional cancers – liver and colorectal – and cleft palate birth defects.”

If you are a smoker please consider stopping. If you know a smoker help them to get off this deadly habit.

Tony

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What are some Strategies to Protect My Eyesight?

“Prevention is the most powerful tool in the quest to reduce disease and healthcare costs,” according to Dr. Nicholas J. Volpe, Tarry Professor and Chairman Department of Opthalmology Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, speaking before Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Healthy Transitions Program®.

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* Don’t smoke. Smoking triples the risk for cataracts and is also a risk factor for macular degeneration and its response to treatment.

*Wear sun glasses that are UV protective.

* Wear safety glasses for high risk activities.

* Pay attention to nutrition. You need fruits and leafy vegetables, Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E. In a study about folks who ate leafy green vegetables, there was a five fold increase in cataract prevention over those who ignored leafy green vegetables in their diet.

* Don’t ignore symptoms. Many afflictions of the eye like glaucoma are irreversible, however, they can be handled when caught early.

* Get regular eye examinations.

Tony

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