Smoking Reduces the Risk of HELLP?

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Smoking Reduces the Risk of HELLP?

Postby lilysmommymindy » Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:48 am

I found this article online last night....
http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/HELLP-Syndrome.htm
which states that smoking during pregnancy reduces the risk of HELLP by 80%. My jaw dropped...I checked out the resource and found the research study linked to it.....
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17068681?dopt=Abstract
I'm still a bit in shock. It's clear to warn that smoking is not recommended during pregnancy because it has it's own set of complications.
Just thought I'd share,
Mindy
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Re : Smoking Reduces the Risk of HELLP?

Postby caryn » Fri Mar 12, 2010 03:02 pm

Yep. They are still trying to work out why. :) There's an older discussion of it in the New Yorker thread linked from my .sig, but I haven't seen much new research on it. It might have something to do with nitrous oxide production if I'm remembering matters correctly.
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Re : Smoking Reduces the Risk of HELLP?

Postby lilysmommymindy » Fri Mar 12, 2010 03:09 pm

Huh! What a trip! I just thought it's so odd! Who would have thought?
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Re : Smoking Reduces the Risk of HELLP?

Postby caryn » Fri Mar 12, 2010 03:11 pm

I know -- this disease is just weirdly counterintuitive in every respect!
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Re : Smoking Reduces the Risk of HELLP?

Postby lilysmommymindy » Fri Mar 12, 2010 04:02 pm

Lol! It truly is! What's up with that??? The more I research the more astounded I am at the things I'm learning! It really is mysterious!
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Re : Smoking Reduces the Risk of HELLP?

Postby mom2sweetieboys » Fri Mar 12, 2010 04:18 pm

Well... Maybe I should take up smoking:) lol... crazy
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Re : Smoking Reduces the Risk of HELLP?

Postby tree » Fri Mar 12, 2010 05:09 pm

Well, a lot of us have asthma and can't smoke, so maybe the smokers are just starting with more tolerant lungs ;)
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Re : Smoking Reduces the Risk of HELLP?

Postby l412angel » Fri Mar 12, 2010 05:41 pm

Wow yah maybe ill take up smoking my next pregnancy! Interesting
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Re : Smoking Reduces the Risk of HELLP?

Postby sam10 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 07:19 pm

Thank you for sharing! Smoking? Really? It is the last thing I ever imagined as a remedy.
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Re : Smoking Reduces the Risk of HELLP?

Postby caryn » Fri Mar 12, 2010 07:40 pm

Isn't that odd?

It's very difficult to research since we can't really randomize people to smoking what with the ethics problems and all. :) But there are many researchers working on what they can get out of real-time PCR in explants -- cultured placenta tissue -- exposed to the chemicals that are in cigarette smoke. Plus there are always placentas from women who smoke vs. those who don't.
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