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Apparently my doctor was prescient, as a recent long-term study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has affirmed his opinion, stating that those who quit smoking were about half as likely to experience a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiac problems, as those who continued to smoke.
The benefits were profound even when scientists adjusted the data to account for the weight gain that accompanies smoking cessation. Unfortunately, the data were inconclusive as to whether people with diabetes accrued the same benefits from quitting as did people without the condition.
The study group included current smokers, those who quit within the last four years, people who had quit long ago and people who had never smoked. Between-visit weight gain was highest, averaging six pounds, in the more-recent quitters. But the researchers conclude that quitting smoking still yields “a net cardiovascular benefit” on average, no matter the weight gain.