HealthDay News — Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting, but results of a study presented at the American Heart Association Annual Meeting in Chicago indicate that even if patients gain a few pounds once they quit, their post-cigarette health is still much better than if they’d kept smoking.
To compare health outcomes in patients who quit smoking (n=1,305) with patients who continued smoking (n=2,803), Hisako Tsuji, MD, of the Health Promotion Department in Osaka, Japan, and colleagues examined follow-up and check-up information from 1997 to 2013.
Of the participants who quit smoking, 362 did not gain weight, 458 gained no more than two kilograms, and 485 gained more than two kilograms.
Compared with patients who kept smoking, the risk of dying over the study period was still 34% lower among quitters who did not gain weight, 49% lower among those who gained no more than two kilograms, and 26% lower among those who gained more than two kilograms.
“Quitters had a significantly lower risk of death compared to smokers regardless of their weight change after they stopped smoking,” Tsuji said in an AHA news release.
- Tsuji H et al. “People who gained weight after quitting smoking still had lower death risk.” Presented at: American Heart Association Annual Meeting. Chicago; Nov. 15-19.