According to smokers, smoking is a very hard habit to break. It’s addictive and pleasurable for them, but it can also give them unpleasant diseases in the long run. They are aware of that, and yet they still can’t resist it. Smoking is deadly, and the mere inhalation of smoke is dangerous even to non-smokers. This risky habit has already been linked to a number of ailments namely cancer, heart diseases and a lot more.

 These negative health issues caused by smoking reduce the smoker’s overall mortality. Most of the time smokers die a decade earlier than their friends who don’t smoke. One of the diseases that a smoking causes would be Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. It is a condition where there’s a blood-filled bulge or balloon-like shape in the abdominal aorta. Abdominal aorta is an artery that’s responsible for carrying blood coming from the heart and distributing it to the lower part of the body.

When the wall of the abdominal artery loses its elasticity, this means that the abdominal aorta is already developed. The moment this happens, it causes the vessel to rupture and it is now unable to handle the pressure that’s necessary in normal blood flow. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms develop slowly, it’s build up may not show any symptoms that can help for early detection and prevention. Most of the time, the smoker who is about to suffer abdominal aneurysms exhibits symptoms like tenderness in the chest, severe lower back pain and pulsations in the abdomen.

Although this disease can also be hereditary, smokers are more likely to develop abdominal aortic aneurysms by eight times than a non-smoker. Smokers who have reached the age of 60 are the ones who are more likely to be a victim of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Since the symptoms of this disease are unnoticeable, over one million people are believed to be suffering from this and these are undiagnosed cases. Abdominal aneurysm is the third leading cause of death in men, and research shows that men have a higher chance of suffering this ailment than women.

 Smoker or non-smoker, we should all look out for our health and we shouldn’t take it for granted. You may look healthy but if you keep on smoking, you are still not exempted from the diseases that smoking causes. It’s best to stay healthy by exercising and overcome the smoking habit.