Smoking and excess weight predict years of disability.
A study of life expectancy and disability among normal weight, overweight, and obese smokers and nonsmokers, found that disability risks increase with greater weight. Being overweight or obese increased the risk of disability by 15% and 64%, respectively. Non-smokers who were overweight or obese experienced 3.6 and 6.1 more years of disability, respectively, compared those of normal weight. Smoking decreased life expectancy more than the years of disability.
Cigarette smoking causes more deaths worldwide than any other environmental factor.
Lung cancer leads a parade of other smoking-related cancers. Undoubtedly, the best way to reduce the disease and death that come from cigarettes is to just quit smoking. But there are other healthy choices you can make as well.
A diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of developing lung cancer by 27% in cigarette smokers. This information comes from a study of nearly half a million adults across 10 European countries, and was just published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.