These dangerous drugs can increase the risk of developing dementia by more than 50%!
by Michelle Schoffro cook – Care2.com
If you think your memory is not what it used to be, you may want to check the medications you are taking. Two months ago I shared the news that common over the counter and prescription drugs used in the treatment of heart disease, allergies and lung diseases are causing brain shrinkage and memory impairment.
But a new study published in the Review of the US American Medical Association (JAMA) adds another group of commonly used drugs to the growing list of drugs that cause or increase the risk of dementia.
As part of the investigation, 73.679 participants were evaluated without dementia 75 years or more. The study found that the widely used group of drugs known as proton-pump inhibitor, which are mainly used to treat stomach acid increases risk of dementia .
PPI increase the risk of dementia by more than 50%!
also used to treat heartburn, indigestion, ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it was found that these drugs increase the risk of dementia in an amazing 52 percent! The connection between drugs and dementia PPI was so strong that the study authors concluded that to avoid these drugs can prevent the development of dementia.
Dementia is not a disease in itself; rather, a collection of symptoms related to a decrease in memory or thinking that is severe enough to affect a person’s ability to perform essential daily tasks. This may include :. Short-term memory loss, speech impairment, difficulty concentrating, lack of attention, reasoning and the difficulty or the use of sound
proton-pump inhibitor Additional health risks
Some of the other side effects of PPIs include stomach pain, nausea, gas, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, seizures, weight gain, kidney problems, dizziness, confusion, tremors, muscle cramps, cough, among others. The first sound like the precise symptoms for which is frequently prescribed drugs, which makes me wonder about their effectiveness in the first place. Add to that an increased risk of 52 percent of dementia and memory loss associated with these drugs and they do not sound appealing at all. Of course, you should consult your doctor before discontinuing these medications if you are already taking them.
These drugs are often taken with antibiotics to kill H. pylori infections which may be present in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. These bacteria are associated with ulcers, especially stomach intestines or higher, along with inflammation, irritation or erosion of the stomach lining.
Fortunately, some beneficial bacteria and yeast have shown great promise in the treatment of these conditions, without the long list of side effects or risk of dementia. Best probiotics for this purpose include: Bifidobacteria bifiform , various strains of Lactobacillus and yeast Saccharomyces . All these probiotic strains found in research to be effective in the treatment of H. pylori and related GI irritation, inflammation or erosion.