Sleeping Pills and Alzheimers

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // Aging, Health


September 23  

pills may harm you

If you read this blog, you know I am not a fan of
big pharma and pill pushing!

Too many people, especially older people, are prescribed drugs that they may not need, or that may mix badly with others drugs they are prescribed.

​Correlation studies are not about causation - they only indicate that things "seem" related. In this study, the relation was between pills for anxiety and an increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Long-term use of pills for anxiety and sleep problems may be linked to Alzheimer's, research suggests.

A study of older Canadian adults found that past benzodiazepine use for three months or more was linked to an increased risk (up to 51%) of dementia.

I am not anti-medications for medical issues where they are needed, but I have known too many people over 65 being prescribed pills for too many issues that might have other solutions. 

We are too pill happy and
too often see medication
as the answer to a problem.


Thank you!

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About the Author

Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.