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We all know that smoking is one of the most dangerous habits that can wreck health in many ways. Thousands of chemicals present in it are capable of damaging your health on many levels.
But do you know that smoking also affects the digestive system? We all know that the digestive system works hard in breaking down the foods into useful products to provide the body with energy and nutrients.
Also Read: How Smoking Kills Your Sleep
But smoking harms the digestive system on various levels. Let us take a look at it...
We all know that smoking can cause lung cancer. But do you know that smoking can also cause stomach cancer, bowel cancer and colo-rectal cancer? It affects both gut and stomach.
It could cause peptic ulcer. Smokers who are infected with H.Pylori bacteria are at a higher risk of suffering peptic ulcer.
Another problem with smoking is that it could cause the contents in the small intestine move back into the stomach. Sound similar to acid reflux, right?
Smoking also causes acidity in the small intestine and increases the chances of H.Pylori infection.
Smoking also reduces blood flow in the stomach by constricting the blood vessels. Some healthy tissues may even get damaged due to this.
Smokers are at a higher risk of suffering from perforated ulcers, bleeding and painful ulcers in the small intestine and stomach. Even treatment could fail if the person continues to smoke!
Habitual smoking also increases the risk of an inflammatory bowel issue known as Crohn's disease. Bleeding in the intestines, pain and diarrhea are some symptoms of this condition.
Some of the damaging effects are reversible if the person quits smoking. The risk of ulcers can be reduced in such cases.