ATTENTION SENIORS: THESE Drugs Increase Dementia Risk 50%
When it comes to pharmaceutical drugs, there’s always a catch.
The industry doesn’t have your best interests in mind—a fact that becomes more obvious every day as side effects soar right along with their bottom line… and as investigators uncover evidence of shady and unethical sales tactics (like I told you about earlier in the week).
And now, a study published in JAMA Neurology finds that a handful of supposedly safe pharmaceutical drugs can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Even worse? Many of these drugs are DON’T WORK.
I’ll tell you what they are so you can take steps to stay safe.
Studies continue to pour in showing that diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s aren’t inevitable. It’s not just the luck of the draw.
There are certain modifiable risk factors—meaning things you can change in your health or lifestyle—that can dramatically lower your risk.
In fact, things like high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, and smoking account for about 35% of dementia cases.
And as this recent study determined, avoiding certain prescription drugs is another risk factor that is completely within your control.
In this case-control study, researchers compared over 58,000 people with a dementia diagnosis to over 225,000 people without dementia. They found that there’s a significant link between the risk of developing dementia, and exposure to the following anticholinergic drugs:
- Anti-Parkinson’s drugs
- Antipsychotic drugs
- Bladder antimuscarinics
- Antiepileptic drugs
Using just ONE of these drugs every day for three years increased the odds of dementia by a staggering 50%.
The association was so strong that the researchers cautioned prescribing these drugs to people 55 and older.
Previous studies had already shown that anticholinergics can cause short-term memory loss and confusion, but this study wanted to look into the longer-term impact.
The connection is not surprising, considering how anticholinergics work. They block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and peripheral nervous system.
Not everyone who takes these drugs will develop dementia, but the increased risk associated with them should have you talking to your doctor about lower-risk alternatives, making sure you’re taking the lowest possible dose, or (even better) finding natural alternatives to take instead.