Why some people have 5 times the risk.
Medicine is supposed to help people… not hurt them. You shouldn’t have to put up with countless risks for the hope of some relief.
Making matters worse, those risks are either covered up… or discovered after it’s too late to do anything about them.
Case in point: A popular class of drugs has been found to DRAMATICALLY increase your risk of Alzheimer’s.
And it could be sitting in your medicine cabinet right now.
There is a class of drugs called anticholinergics that are used for problems like urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, COPD, seasonal allergies, and depression.
(That’s quite the variety for ONE drug.)
The problem is that these drugs “work” by blocking an important chemical messenger in the body called acetylcholine, which controls a number of your bodily functions… and also plays a role in your memory.
So it’s no surprise, then, that using them for a long time isn’t good for your memory.
Evidence has been mounting for the past decade that these drugs increase the risk of dementia in older adults.
Now, a study published in the journal Neurology took a closer look at the connection.
The researchers evaluated 688 people who did not show signs of cognitive impairment or memory problems, and they gave them cognitive tests every year for 10 years.
The connection between anticholinergics was SHOCKING.
People who took at least one anticholinergic had a 47 percent increased risk of mild cognitive impairment.
People who took the drug which also happened to genetically at risk for Alzheimer’s were more than 2.5 times more likely to develop cognitive impairment.
And those who had Alzheimer’s biomarkers in their cerebrospinal fluid which were also taking anticholinergics were nearly 5 times more likely to develop cognitive decline.
That’s because anticholinergics essentially kick you while you’re down.
Alzheimer’s biomarkers show that Alzheimer’s begins in a region of the brain the produces acetylcholine.
Then enter anticholinergics, which deplete your supply of acetylcholine even further.
If you’re taking anticholinergic drugs, and you’ve been experiencing some memory problems, this could be the reason why.
Talk to your doctor about whether you can reduce the dose… or possibly stop taking the drug altogether.
It could be a major step toward protecting your brain—and delaying cognitive decline.
Written By Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
For years he’s been the trusted doctor for celebrities, world-class athletes, and countless seniors looking to reclaim their health.
And now…for the first time ever… he’s making his medical breakthroughs available to readers all across America.
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D. is one of the most pioneering and innovative minds in medicine today – and he delivers cutting-edge cures each month through his Natural Health Response newsletter.
Natural Health Response readers get full access to Dr. Gerhauser’s protocols for chronic pain… heart disease… diabetes… Alzheimer’s… and even cancer. These are the very same treatments Dr. Gerhauser recommends to his own patients at his practice in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to being a board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Gerhauser has earned two master’s degrees and has served as a clinical professor at the University of Arizona.
And as a physician at the world-famous Canyon Ranch, Dr. Gerhauser treated celebrities from around the world who paid dearly for the type of next-generation health information he provides Natural Health Response readers each month.
View More Free Articles
We’re almost at the end of January. How are those New Year’s weight loss resolutions holding up? If you’re like most people… they’re already in the rearview mirror. That can be a big problem if you’re trying to lose weight to avoid type 2 diabetes. But you don’t have to lose 10, 20, or even...
When it comes to COVID-19, no one is immune. That’s why we ALL must take precautions to prevent getting or spreading infection. But some people are more vulnerable than others. And a recent study that combed through millions of people found that one particular group of people faces a significantly higher risk. Researchers evaluated the...
The medical community is still hard at work trying to win the war on cancer. But you can’t lose a battle you never start. In other words, the key to beating cancer is never getting it in the first place. The good news is, there are steps you can take to dramatically reduce your risk....
Modern comforts might be convenient… but they’re rarely healthy. The health risks of being too sedentary is the perfect example. Lack of activity increases your risk of obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes… and early death. But there’s another major risk that comes from sitting on your couch that has nothing to do with...
When it comes to Alzheimer’s, prevention is best… but early detection is the next best thing. You see, even though there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s, the earlier you begin treatment, the slower your disease will progress. Early treatment could mean more years of being yourself and maintaining your independence. Researchers have identified a new, better...
COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind these days. But let’s not forget that it’s flu season, too. Seasonal flu can be especially dangerous for older people. Eight-five percent of flu-related deaths and 70 percent of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people who are over 65. I’m not a fan of the flu vaccine because it simply doesn’t...
You can eat your way to a heart attack… But you can also eat your way to heart health, too. Fish like salmon, sardines, and cod are loaded with omega-3s, which drastically reduce your risk of dying from coronary heart disease or from a heart attack. But how do omega-3s work their magic? A recent...
When it comes to Alzheimer’s, we’re always playing catchup. The catch is that by the time you’ve been diagnosed, it’s too late. It’s high time we got ahead of Alzheimer’s… and researchers have identified a new way to do that. The study authors call their results “indisputable,” and their study gives us a definitive way...
When you’re in pain, you want relief. No matter the cost. And luckily, there are plenty of natural pain-relievers available that promise relief without risking your future health. But which ones are best? Researchers put two nutrient combos to a head-to-head test, and you’ll be surprised by the winner. Here’s exactly what you need to...
If you’re looking for a way to reduce your risk of COVID-19, you’re in good company. Thousands of clinical trials are underway, but those results take time. In the meantime, plenty of observational studies have found connections between supplement use and a lower risk of COVID. Most recently, a multi-country study including more than one...