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
Earlier this week, I told you how to boost vitamin D levels with one of my favorite foods: eggs. In case you missed it, here’s the short version: If you can’t spend enough time outdoors to maintain adequate vitamin D, eating an egg a day can fill in the gap. Vitamin D has many benefits....
Big Pharma loves to take advantage of people with hypertension. According to the latest guidelines, about 1 in 3 Americans have hypertension (high blood pressure) … and an additional 1 in 3 has prehypertension. That’s over 100 million people who pay into the mainstream medical system for a condition that you don’t need drugs to...
With most diseases, prevention is best. And type 2 diabetes is no exception. Type 2 diabetics have a higher risk of major health problems—and a shorter life expectancy to go along with it. Naturally, your best bet is to avoid it altogether. But… what if you’ve already been diagnosed? Fortunately, researchers have identified a way...
I’m sure I sometimes sound like a broken record when it comes to promoting getting adequate sunlight. I’m okay with that. Because exposing yourself to sunlight is hands down one of the best things you can do for your health – so, I’m going to talk about it a lot. One reason sunlight is so...
Anxiety is a nasty weight to carry around. It can be crippling to those who experience it. The restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, overwhelming sense of worry, sleeplessness, and physical pain that occur can impact relationships, work, and everything in between. But what’s worse is that many of Big Pharma’s so-called solutions for anxiety can lead...
When it comes to COVID-19, symptoms can range from non-existent to life-threatening. The good news is which category you fall into doesn’t have to be decided by a coin toss. A recent study identified a drug-free technique that’s been proven to reduce the risk of hospitalization—and even death—from COVID-19. And it just so happens I’ve...
Living longer is about more than adding years to your life. It’s about living healthy and disease-free no matter your chronological age. Who wants to live to 90 if their memory has failed them, or to 100 if they’re strapped to an oxygen tank, and every breath is a struggle? No, for me, living longer...
It’s impossible to avoid cancer-causing chemicals these days. They’re found in everything from the food you eat, to the cosmetics you use, to the air you breathe. Now, an alarming study has spotted one of the most notorious cancer-causing chemicals in 80 percent of the urine samples tested. Fortunately, you can take steps to avoid...
Alzheimer’s disease is projected to skyrocket in the next few decades, and there’s currently no cure. That means the time to act is now. Many folks focus on diet—and there’s no doubt that this is an important component. But there’s a critical Alzheimer’s risk factor that tends to fly under the radar—and it has nothing...
We’re still in the height of summer… so you might not be thinking about ways to avoid colds, flu, and other sicknesses typically associated with winter. But bolstering your immune system never goes out of season. Fortunately, by including certain key foods in your everyday diet, you can benefit from a stronger immune system no...