Yesterday, a small Japanese investigation defused a concern smokers often cite–weight gain–when considering quitting the undeniably deadly habit of cigarette smoking.
“Quitters had a significantly lower risk of death compared to smokers, regardless of their weight change after they stopped smoking,” said lead investigator Hisako Tsuji who presented findings at the American Heart Association’s 2014 Scientific Session.
Researchers reached this conclusion by comparing deaths from all causes in two otherwise comparable groups of 65 percent men with an average age of 54, adjusting results statistically for age, gender, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. They compared deaths of 1,305 Japanese adults who quit smoking to deaths among 2,803 Japanese smokers.
In the group of quitters, 362 men and women gained no weight; 458 gained no more than four pounds, six ounces (two kilograms), and 485 gained more than that amount.
Even those who gained more than four pounds had a 26 percent lower risk for death than those who continued to smoke, while those who gained less than four pounds had a 49 percent lower risk of death than smokers.
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