You smoke some­times.

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - H E A LT H -

Why it’s key: Taking birth-con­trol pills or us­ing hor­mone re­place­ments while smok­ing, even a lit­tle bit, ups your risk of de­vel­op­ing blood clots and hav­ing a stroke. ‘If you take thy­roid med­i­ca­tion, smok­ing breaks down the drug faster, so you may be get­ting a lower dose than you need,’ notes Dr Don­nica Moore. And, of course, smok­ing in­creases your risk of type-2 di­a­betes, heart dis­ease, var­i­ous can­cers and other con­di­tions. If your doc­tor doesn’t know, she can’t screen you ap­pro­pri­ately for those, says Goldberg. How to spit it out: If you quit, which is the best thing to do, you can lead with that good news be­fore shar­ing your his­tory! Oth­er­wise, woman up and ask about smok­ingces­sa­tion meth­ods.

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