Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET
Category: Heart Health and Cholesterol
Smokers who have unhealthy cholesterol levels may benefit from quitting their habit. A recent study found that ridding the body of nicotine helps raise levels of HDL, or good cholesterol, according to WebMD Health News.
Cigarette smoking is known to contribute to high blood pressure and other measures that may contribute to heart disease. However, this is among the first studies to show that quitting smoking can lead to a direct improvement in this important aspect of cardiovascular health.
For the study, researchers from the University of Wisconsin took a range of health measurements of nearly 1,000 people, according to the news source. They found that, despite significant weight, individuals who quit smoking were able to increase their HDL by 2.4 milligrams per deciliter of blood, which a major improvement compared to those who continued to smoke.
Researchers told the news source that there may have been a similar decrease in LDL - or bad cholesterol - had the individuals who quit not gained as much weight as they did.
The American Heart Association says that smoking has a tendency to lower HDL and increases blood clotting, making it one of the worst things a person can do to their heart.
Related Articles from Private MD:
News Categories:Advanced Lipid Treatment I Allergy Testing Anemia and RBC disorders Autoimmune Diseases Bariatric Lab Testing Blood and Blood Diseases Breast Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers Celiac Disease Testing Chlamydia Coagulation and blood clotting disorders Colon Diabetes DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing Drug Screening Environmental Toxin Testing Female Specific Tests Gastrointestinal Diseases General Health General Wellness Heart Health and Cholesterol Herpes HIV HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos Hormones and Metabolism Infectious Diseases Infertility Testing-Male Infertitlity Hormone Testing Kidney Diseases Leukemia and WBC disorders Liver Liver Diseases Lyme Disease Male Specific Tests Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis Musculoskeletal Diseases Organ Specific Testing Ovarian Prostate Sexually Transmitted Diseases Thyroid Diseases Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment
Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here