For people who don't want to gain weight after they quit smoking, a new study suggests those extra pounds are far better for your health than cigarettes.
The study out of Massachusetts general hospital looked at the health of 11 thousand adults who were followed for several years. They found most participants gained a pound or two between study sessions, but those who had recently quit smoking gained five to 10 pounds.
However, the recent quitters also had a 50 percent reduced risk for heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death that persisted no matter how much weight they gained.
Diabetics who quit smoking and gained weight also had a lower risk for heart problems.
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