If you would love to quit smoking and feel held back simply because you have been smoking for most of your adult life or because you are over the age of 65, take heart; research shows that it never is too late to quit, and that big benefits can be reaped from kicking the bait.
One recent study, published in the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, has found that current smoking increases frailty in older people, but having smoked in the past does not have the same effect.
How Smoking Can Contribute to Expense and Disability
We know that smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, which in turn can affect our physical, mental, and social wellbeing in many ways. However, this expensive habit has many additional effects we can be unaware of.
For instance, there is a strong link between smoking, gum disease, and tooth loss. Many people are unaware of how painful and expensive oral problems can be; tooth loss often requires implants and, sometimes, bone implantation (which are considered elective procedures), as well as some treatments which do lie within traditional coverage for dental work.
The above-mentioned study indicates that frailty (a precursor to disability) risks are increased by 60% in those who smoke. Frailty does not only increase the chances of falls in the elderly, but is also linked to psychological and cognitive problems such as dementia and poor quality of life. The good news is that researchers found that participants who had quit within the last 10 years, had no greater risk of frailty than non-smokers.
Now is the Best Time to Quit
Because the cumulative benefits of quitting smoking can take time, the sooner you make the decision to embrace a healthier, smoke-free life, the better. Hypnosis is a completely natural method that can help you break destructive patterns of behaviour and thinking at a subconscious level. The majority of people who undergo this treatment quit after just one session, though a second session works as an excellent booster for some people.
What Additional Benefits Can Quitting Bring?
The immediate benefits of smoking include a lower heart rate and blood pressure, improved lung function, and a decline in CO2 levels. As time goes by, your cardiovascular system will benefit greatly, and you will probably find that walking up steps and engaging in physical activity is far more pleasurable and achievable than in the past.
Smoking has negative consequences at any age, but it can be particularly detrimental to seniors, who already have a frailty risk by virtue of their age. To keep body and mind at an optimal state of health, hypnosis is an excellent way to attack the problem from the subconscious outwards.