The study, led by professor Nazan Uysal Harzadın from the university’s School of Medicine, investigated the effects of nicotine, a common ingredient in cigarettes, on the stomach and digestive tract.
The researchers examined the anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory balance of the immune system in experimental animals.
Animals exposed to nicotine experience a “confused” immune response in the stomach and other digestive organs.
Nicotine-fed animals were also found to be more susceptible to a large number of chronic diseases, from cancer to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The researchers found that the pro-inflammatory elements were suppressed with nicotine use and made the immune system “aggressive,” causing it to attack cells.
Harzadın told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Monday (17/08/2020) there was a large amount of scientific research on the damage nicotine on human health, but few have focused on their impact on the digestive system.
System balanceimmunity or immune system important for health.
The body must maintain its fight against germs, its daily routine, and cell renewal. It is impossible if the system immunity body ‘confused’ in this fight, “said Harzadin.
He also showed that the immune system relies heavily on the cells in the digestive tract to function.
“A nervous immune system that doesn’t know when and where to fight can attack anything that moves. It can even attack its own cells. Nicotine contributes to this, “he said.
The study will serve as a guide for scientists researching the digestive tract. Harzadın said the findings also send a clear message to smokers: “We have to stay away from cigarettes to protect the balance of the system immunity our bodies.