Increased risks for dementia

As a society, more and more people are turning to drugs, prescription or otherwise, to manage their stress and anxiety, rather than to healthy or holistic ways to stay healthy. A quick fix seems to be in order in our western world these days, the fast food of health; a trip to the GP, pick up the medication at the pharmacy, and home to a frozen dinner, KFC or pizza, a few glasses of wine or beer, and a then pill or two to stay calm and get to sleep. The negative impact of this lifestyle on our health is enormous, and [we] are paying the price worldwide with poor physical and emotional health.

Thanks again to Bob at The Alzheimer’s Reading Room for this article, Common Anxiety Drugs Can Increase Dementia Risk in Baby Boomers; Patients over the age of 65 who begin taking benzodiazepine (a class of drugs used to treat anxiety and insomnia) are at an approximately 50% increased risk of developing dementia within 15 years compared to those who never use the drug.

If you are a baby boomer, or over the age of 65, you will want to read the summary of research published below.

Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs. They are commonly used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Read more..

 

3 thoughts on “Increased risks for dementia

  1. well said, I remember the days when as nurses you had to count these drugs and lock them up as it was used sparingly in treatment of anxiety and then for a short term. i.e. a person who hid a drinking problem and it manisfested itself in hospital as they could not access the alcohol. It is something I have never taken, I would rather go for a long walk and tire myself out than to take medication.

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