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If you quit smoking for 24 hours
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Overview Of Changes In The Body After Quitting Smoking

  • Most often, only the dreaded symptoms associated with withdrawals from smoking are highlighted and spoken about. This also remains one of the many reasons why people fail to even try making an attempt at quitting.

    The short term scare of the withdrawals seem to take the front seat, and the long term benefits of quitting are often left behind in the mind of a smoker.

    An American humorist, Mark Twain once said Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”

    It’s easy to make a decision to quit, but what’s challenging is to remain as someone who quit smoking and to make that a possibility, one has to ensure that they have a strategy in place which will make for a relatively smooth transition from being a smoker to a complete non-smoker

    Any strategy that is backed by positive and sustainable results, motivates and empowers a person to be self determined. The aim of this article is to inspire you with the amazing things that happen after quitting smoking, and hopefully will make you self-determined if you’re planning to quit.

24 Hours Timeline With Changes That Occur In The Human Body:

    • in 20 Minutes:There is less constriction of veins and arteries causing your blood pressure and pulse begin to normalise and more blood flows to the extremities.The protective Bronchial Fibres and Cilia begin to function again which were damaged by the smoke from smoking. These cilia and fibres function to remove irritants and bacteria out of the lungs, reducing the risk of infections.
    • In 8 hours:Oxygen levels in the blood are normalised which was previously being hindered by the smoke.This results in optimal oxygen supply to all the organs, especially the brain and the heart improving their function
      The toxic Carbon Monoxide levels in the bloodstream are reduced by half.
    • 12 hours:The constriction of veins and arteries is significantly lowered, the pace of circulation is overall improved throughout the body.
      Nicotine levels in the system start to drop, plus the body starts to get rid of the toxic elements it carries.
    • By 24 hours:The risk of a heart attack is reduced. With sufficient oxygen being supplied throughout the bloodstream, physical activity and exercise becomes a lot easier and are not burdensome as before.
      With optimal blood pressure and pulse, the risk of stroke is significantly reduced as there’s no untimely blood clots occuring.
      Appetite which was previously being suppressed by the serotonin and dopamine from the nicotine, is back to normal

Withdrawal Symptoms:How Long Do They Last//What To Expect

  • Although the aim of this article is to highlight the positive impacts of quitting tobacco, it is fair in point to mention the withdrawal symptoms of the same.

  • Some common withdrawal symptoms that occur, include general irritability, lack of focus, mood swings, cravings for nicotine, anxiety & restlessness.

  • Some people also experience headaches, tiredness and dizziness.These symptoms’s peak only for a week, usually the first three days being hard. The symptoms die down after a while, and many supportive measures are available to handle these while they last.

  • However, every human being is unique and their journey towards a tobacco free life is as unique. So, there’s no fixed timeline to when the withdrawal symptoms might fade away completely, but the important thing to remember is that they most definitely do disappear.

Factual Timeline Of Complete Freedom From Effects Of Smoking And How We Can Help You:

  • After two days of quitting smoking, the nerve endings on the tongue and nose heal and the sense of taste gets back to its original natural state. Then later, the nicotine levels in the bloodstream are almost nonexistent. In over three to four weeks, the lung functions improve and the natural healing mechanism is restored which improves the lung capacity.

  • Cough and shortness of breath is also noted to be reduced. At this point, physical activities and exercises become a lot easier and do not feel so exhausting. 9 months later. The lungs have significantly repaired themselves. The cilia have recovered completely which prevents accumulation of irritants and micro-organisms in the lungs.

  • After a year. The risk of heart diseases is completely reduced by half. This risk continues to drop from the day you’ve decided to quit. In about 5 years,

    Your risk of cancers such as of the mouth, nose, throat and voice box and stroke is reduced in half.

  • In about 10 to 15 years, your lungs are significantly healed and your risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker, and the risk of cancer of the oesophagus, bladder and kidney is reduced.

  • After 15 years, your level of risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker.

  • Although, these risks have been mentioned on a structured timeline, every person’s body is different and the healing may occur early or a later pace based on various factors such as age, supportive interventions, or other habits etc.,

  • If you’re someone who is exploring the idea of quitting smoking or would like to get started on your journey towards a tobacco free life, we at MGM Healthcare are here to help you.

  • We have a dedicated Tobacco Cessation Clinic with a specialised team of professionals which includes experienced Oncologists, Radiologists and Psycho Oncologist to help and assist you along the way.

  • For more such informative content, visit our blog.
    To get started call 044-45242424 for appointments and queries or mail us at [email protected]

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