You must have heard that smoking causes cancer, heart and lung disease, and stroke. But, did you know that smoking causes other problems for women’s health? There’s is no denying the fact that smoking is dangerous and is injurious to health.
Breathing problems in girls, specially teen girls, who smoke have lungs that don’t grow as much as non-smokers’ lungs, and adult women who smoke have lungs that don’t work as well as non-smokers’ lungs. Apart from breathing problems, we have listed 10 more health issues faced by women who smoke.
10 Ways How Smoking affects Women’s Health
1. Rheumatoid arthritis
Women who smoke are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is an inflammatory, chronic disease. People with RA have swelling and pain in their joints.
2. Menstrual problems
Some studies show that women who smoke have more irregular or painful periods.
Women who smoke are more likely to get cataracts that affect their vision. Cataracts are an eye disease where the lens of the eye is cloudy or foggy.
Smokers have worse survival rates after surgery. They’re also more likely to have complications and poorer wound healing than non-smokers.
5. Decreased bone density
Women who have gone through menopause and who smoke have lower bone density. This means they have a higher chance of breaking a hip than women who do not smoke.
Women who smoke may also have a harder time getting pregnant. They also have a higher chance of losing their baby before it is born. Studies show there is an increased risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome, also called “crib death”) in babies born to women smokers.
7. Gum disease
Smoking is linked to gum disease, which may lead to bone and tooth loss.
Smokers with gum disease are also more likely to get ulcers in the stomach, which can lead to death.
Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to go through menopause at a younger age, and they may have worse symptoms of menopause.
It is important for women to know about the link between smoking and depression because women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression.
Hope you’ll never smoke. Happy health!