When you reach a certain age, you’re forced to play it. It’s a terrifying game we ALL hate, but we have no choice in the matter.
I call it “Dementia or Brain Burp Bingo.”
It’s when you have to decide if you’ve just experienced a so-called “senior” moment or something far more sinister. Whether when you blank on a name or miss an appointment, it’s just a harmless mistake or the first sign of the BIG decline.
You know, the one that leads straight to Alzheimer’s.
Few things are as frightening as the prospect of slowing slipping into dementia. So naturally, you want to do whatever you can to protect your brain and preserve your memory.
And new research has revealed one way we may be able to do just that. Scientists say they’ve uncovered what could be a key driver behind many cases of memory loss. And chances are its sitting in your medicine chest RIGHT NOW.
In fact, these medications are being taken by millions of seniors every day. And if you’re one of them, here’s your golden opportunity to SWITCH to a safer alternative, put a STOP to the cognitive slide, and BLOCK dementia before it starts.
And today, I’m going to show you how.
Anticholinergics could send dementia risk soaring
There’s a good chance you’ve never even heard the word “anticholinergic.”
Most people haven’t. And it’s for a simple reason. Anticholinergics are not a single drug, but an entire class of medications. And none of them have that word in the name.
In other words, they’re hiding in plain sight.
And if you’re unwittingly taking even one of those meds yourself, you could be facing a 47 percent higher risk of mild cognitive impairment, according to a new study.
That can be the first step on the path that leads toward dementia. But don’t panic, because you CAN chart a different course and turn things around by avoiding anticholinergic drugs.
There’s just one problem. Anticholinergics are REALLY tough to avoid because it seems like they’re everywhere once you start to look.
The TRUE cause of those brain burps
Anticholinergics are some of the most commonly used drugs in the United States and around the world. And they could spell disaster for seniors. In fact, I warned Healthier Talk readers about them, along with four OTHER drugs seniors should stop taking, right here.
They include meds to treat everyday conditions such as…
- high blood pressure
- leaky bladder
- sleep problems
- Parkinson’s disease
- mood disorders
In fact, there’s one anticholinergic drug you’ve almost definitely used throughout your life. It’s called diphenhydramine, but it’s better known as Benadryl.
Diphenhydramine is used for allergic reactions. But it’s also the secret ingredient in a lot of “PM” cold medicines and painkillers. Those are the ones designed to fight everything from a stuffy nose to muscle aches while helping you sleep at the same time.
And that’s only ONE anticholinergic ingredient. There are so many that I couldn’t possibly list them all here. And so many, that seniors routinely take not just ONE anticholinergic drug, but sometimes two or more at the same time.
That’s a problem because studies show the combined effect – or the anticholinergic burden, as it’s called – can be far worse than taking a single med.
So here’s what to do. Head to Google, look for a list of anticholinergic drugs and check to see if any of your own meds are on it. If you’re taking any, call your doc and find out what other options you have. Because in many cases, there are far safer choices.
And those options aren’t always just other drugs either. Nondrug therapies can often work JUST as well without the risks like these 4 allergy remedies that can relieve the misery without heavy-duty meds.
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