HOW TO NOT HEAL BROKEN BONES: QUIT SMOKING TODAY

In the wake of Louisville guard, Kevin Ware’s gruesome low right leg injury, which doctors say can be fixed, this blog post is a reason for you to quit smoking. With Louisville leading 21-17, Ware ran out to contest a three-point attempt by Tyler Thornton. Moments after Thornton made the shot, however, there was pandemonium on the court when Ware planted his leg, turned and suffered what looked like a broken bone.

“His bone was sticking out of his shin,” said Richard Pitino, Florida International’s head coach and former U of L assistant who recruited Ware for the Cards and was sitting about 25 feet from where injury happened. “I’m only 30, but I’ve never seen something like that.

Another reason to nix your nicotine fix: Fractured bones take roughly 6 weeks longer to heal in smokers than in nonsmokers, says research presented at the 2013 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Something in a cigarette’s makeup—whether it’s nicotine or tobacco smoke—is directly toxic to cells all over your body, says study author Jaimo Ahn, M.D., an assistant professor at Penn Medicine. So when you smoke, the cells that heal your bones and repair your immune system are altered, Dr. Ahn says.

“We also know that tobacco and smoking negatively affect your blood vessels,” says Dr. Ahn. And since fractures and broken bones require a good blood supply to heal properly, it’s possible that this connection could be responsible for the extended recovery period, he says.

Need help quitting? Lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement. A 2012 study in Addiction found that people who exercise when they crave cigarettes are more likely to overcome the urge to smoke. The researchers say breaking a sweat may lift your mood and boost your feelings of self-control, thereby reducing your impulsiveness.

Another reason to nix your nicotine fix: Fractured bones take roughly 6 weeks longer to heal in smokers than in nonsmokers, says research presented at the 2013 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Something in a cigarette’s makeup—whether it’s nicotine or tobacco smoke—is directly toxic to cells all over your body, says study author Jaimo Ahn, M.D., an assistant professor at Penn Medicine. So when you smoke, the cells that heal your bones and repair your immune system are altered, Dr. Ahn says.

“We also know that tobacco and smoking negatively affect your blood vessels,” says Dr. Ahn. And since fractures and broken bones require a good blood supply to heal properly, it’s possible that this connection could be responsible for the extended recovery period, he says.

Need help quitting? Lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement. A 2012 study in Addiction found that people who exercise when they crave cigarettes are more likely to overcome the urge to smoke. The researchers say breaking a sweat may lift your mood and boost your feelings of self-control, thereby reducing your impulsiveness.

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