I was clicking through the health section with my morning coffee and ran into an article on increased level of “fat burning gene” in smokers that make them thin1.
Researchers analyzed airway tissue samples from the linings of the respiratory tract of 55 otherwise-healthy smokers and 37 healthy nonsmokers. It was demonstrated that smokers had increased production of the alpha2-zinc-glycoprotein1 (AZGP1) gene as compared to nonsmokers. Why should you care about AZGP1? Well, this glycoprotein is involved in the breakdown of fat, which can make you thin.
These findings may give smokers a reason to celebrate that smoking can keep them in shape but this research should not be used as an excuse to continue smoking as smoking causes various health care risks.
The research was conducted by Dr. Holly Vanni and colleagues of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in collaboration with Department of Genetic Medicine, Cornell University, New York. The results were published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Chest.
Although, the study didn’t provide direct proof that smoking-induced increase in AZGP1 is sufficient to cause weight loss. However, it was suggested that increased AZGP1 levels in smokers may be one mechanism that contributes to weight differences between smokers and nonsmokers.
- Smoking is directly responsible for about 90 percent of the deaths due to lung cancer2
- Smoking causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis3
- Increases the risk of heart attack3
- Elevates the amount of stomach acid, and may cause a peptic ulcer3
“A cigarette is a pipe with a fire at one end and a fool at the other”