Twin study indicates that smoking can accelerate aging

A smoking habit may increase signs of aging.

There are many reasons to give up smoking for the sake of your aging longevity. For one thing, this habit can cause your veins to constrict, thereby increasing the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. In addition, smoking is also the leading cause of lung cancer – a grave medical issue that can prove fatal in some cases. Now, though, researchers have pinpointed yet another reason to give up your penchant for a quick smoke break: accelerated aging.

According to a recent report from the Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, medical researchers have found that even five years of difference in smoking history could dramatically affect signs of facial aging in twins. How did they determine this? By enlisting plastic surgeons to analyze the prominence of wrinkles, under-eye puffiness, dark spots, nasolabial folds and more.

"Scores on several measures of facial aging were significantly worse for the smokers," a press release distributed by ScienceDaily states. "Most of the smoking-related differences affected the middle and lower thirds of the face."

Though concerns about premature aging certainly aren't the only reason to give up smoking – in fact, they're far from the most important one – if you have been debating this step, these findings could just be the push you need.

For more information about how your day-to-day choices can affect your ability to age gracefully, contact the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres of America in Houston today. We offer nutritional guidance, compounded pellet hormone therapy, IV chelation and more to help you look and feel your best as you grow older.