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- Feb 09 2017
It’s a known fact that cigarettes are the reason behind a host of health hazards from respiratory diseases to cancer. But, how does it specifically affect men?
Smoking contributes significantly to a condition called atherosclerosis, which occurs due to the narrowing and clogging of arteries. Clogging of arteries means reduction in blood supply which effectively means low blood flow to the penis. The nicotine causes added constriction to the penile arteries, which further effects, the blood flow.
Effects of restricted blood flow
So, what is blood flow is restricted? It is the root cause of erectile dysfunction. The number of cigarettes you smoke directly effects, your blood flow. A study showed that men who smoked a pack a day were at a 40% higher risk of experiencing erectile dysfunction than their non-smoking friends.
In addition to this, smoking also decreases your sperm count and recent study shows that it also reduces male fertility. Cigarettes also reduce the volume of semen and some contents can even damage the genetic material in sperms.
Smoking makes you age faster
If the host of health hazards were not enough, smoking is also responsible for aggravating aging process. The toxins increase hair fall and makes you bald much faster. Also, it causes signs of premature aging like wrinkles, age lines and pale face.
These are reasons beyond just enough to convince you to stop smoking.
If you are a regular smoker, stopping is definitely difficult because your body has already fallen prey to the vicious cycle. There will be withdrawal symptoms and overcoming the nicotine addiction will be tough but all of it will certainly be worth it. Quitting can gradually reverse the damages caused and improve your health.
So, what are you waiting for? Quit now!
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