New research shows that common sleeping pills and anxiety drugs could increase your chances of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
The study looked at the long-term effects of benzodiazepines, including diazepam and lorazepam. These drugs could increase the risk of Alzheimer’s by 51%.
The study was conducted by scientists from the University of Bordeaux and the University of Montreal over a six-year span. Research shows that the more exposure to the drugs increased the chances of Alzheimer’s.
The study revealed that patients who took benzodiazepines for three or more months had a greater chance of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years later.
The research is not definitive as some of the people who are prescribed with these drugs are already in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
However, scientists recommend that the drugs should not be used for more than three months.
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