DNA Determines an Individual’s Ability to Stop Smoking
Saying no to a tempting drag is the challenge for every smoker. Those who tried and failed sometimes owe it up to their poor willpower. But science explains that smoking habits aren’t the only culprits behind your struggle in quitting—in fact, your DNA might be to blame.
What Studies Say
A new study published in the journal Translation Psychiatry reveals that a person with a specific gene in his brain’s reward system is most likely to overcome his deadly habit. People without the so-called lucky DNA, on the other hand, will experience a harder time abstaining from cigarettes.
The gene ANKK1 is abundant for people with Caucasian descent while East Asian smokers can also quit with any of the gene’s three versions. The said gene, situated near the DRD2 assists the brain in recognizing dopamine, the hormone in charge of useful behaviours like sex and eating.
A piece of the gene influences the function of the DRD2 gene and people inherit either one of the two versions: A1 or A2.
It’s All About the Genes
When it comes to saying no to smoking, having both A2 genes is helpful. Compared to others with just one, those who had two were most likely to quit. Determining their odds, however, remains unclear till this day.
The study’s findings prove to be helpful, especially in the movement against smoking. Researchers can use the gathered data to create drugs to help smokers according to their genetic profile.
You Still Need to Do Something
While your genes might be at play, it still pays to do something about your habit. Fortunately, support groups and other programs are here to help you out. All you have to do is gather the determination to turn your back on smoking.
It’s not easy, but with the help of family and friends, you can win over the battle and stop smoking.
Contact us today to find out how you can finally free yourself of your tobacco addiction for good!