Researchers have long linked the smoking habit with a variety of health problems, ranging from lung problems and cancer. But this time the researchers again found the ill effects of smoking for men.
Research from Uppsala University, Sweden, revealed that smoking can make a man lose Y chromosome when they get older. So, what happens when a man loses the Y chromosome in their blood cells?
Loss of the Y chromosome is not to be underestimated. Previous research has shown that the loss of the Y chromosome could trigger some types of cancer and may hasten death in men, as reported by the Health Me Up.
Because the only man who has a Y chromosome, then the results of this study may also provide an explanation for why men have a greater risk of developing cancer due to smoking habits. In addition, this also explains why men are heavy smokers at risk of having shorter life.
"In addition, we examined various factors, such as age, blood pressure, diabetes, alcohol consumption, and smoking, we find that the loss of the Y chromosome in the blood cells are more common in men who smoked compared with men who do not smoke," said researcher Lars Forsberg.
Heavy smokers experiencing a loss of the Y chromosome is more than a regular smoker. Moreover, it is not only found the people who smoke, but also in people who never smoked and had stopped. However, researchers do not know exactly why the smoking habit which eliminates the Y chromosome can trigger cancer and shorten the life of man.
One possibility is revealed by the researchers is that the immune cells that have lost the Y chromosome will lose their ability to repel diseases, including cancer prevention. The results of this study at least give the man one more reason to start to quit smoking now.
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