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      Popular Medication May Raise Dementia Risk, New Research Suggests

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 14, 2023

      Research has indicated that a popular drug may increase dementia risks. According to a report, the new study says that you may want to think twice before taking certain prescription drugs.

      While sleeping pills can save some patients’ sanity, according to research from the University of California-San Francisco, taking sleep aids regularly could increase the risk of dementia by a staggering 79%.

      The research was reported by the Mirror, which said that medications, including Benzos, Ambien and antidepressants, may increase the risk of developing the syndrome, especially among white people. However, the type and amount of medication seemed to be a significant factor.

      The research should be read as a whole, as findings differ from person to person and from individual circumstances and background. Anyone taking such a medication reading this should speak to their own doctor if they are concerned about the effects of their medication.

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      The Health, Aging and Body Composition study looked at about 3,000 older adults without dementia, living outside of nursing homes, over a nine-year period. About 42% were black and 58% white. During the study, unfortunately 20% of patients developed dementia.

      White participants who “often” or “almost always” took sleep medications were found to be 79% more likely to develop dementia, compared with those who “never” or “rarely” used them. Similarly, black participants, whose reliance on sleep medications was much lower, were still linked to increased risk due to frequent use.


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