Even with weight gain, quitting smoking is beneficial.

 Quitting smoking  reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, despite the weight gain that often occurs. This is what shows a study carried out by researchers from Lausanne (Switzerland) and Americans, published Wednesday (13) in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” (JAMA).

Non-diabetic participants who quit smoking had a 53% lower risk of heart attack or  stroke  compared to smokers, even though they gained weight, according to research by Dr. Carole Clair of UNIL/CHUV polyclinic medical university with colleagues from Boston.

The work focused on a cohort of 3,251 US patients followed for 25 years, from 1984 to 2011. Those who quit smoking gained an average of 2.7 to 3.6 kg during the study. The researchers found a decrease in cardiovascular risk in diabetic patients, but it was not statistically significant.

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and a major risk for cardiovascular disease, the researchers add.

Weight gain

If quitting smoking clearly reduces risk, it also leads to weight gain which is the main concern of smokers, noting that being overweight is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

In North America, those who give up smoking gain an average of three to six pounds during the first six months. This excess weight persists for some time. For diabetics, weight gain can have potentially negative consequences, especially for those with poor control of their disease who are at increased risk of worsening and mortality.

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