They’ve been handing out these drugs like Tootsie Rolls on Halloween.
And surprise, surprise – turns out the entire class packs a terrible risk.
Popular drugs given to older folks like you for sleep, anxiety, and more can slip inside your brainpool and pull the plug.
All those cells… all that gray matter… all those thoughts and memories, down the drain.
A new study finds both benzodiazepines for anxiety and the like… and the closely related “Z drugs” given for sleep… can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
And the sickest part of this is that they’ve known all along. They’ve known for AGES.
It’s been studied and studied again – and just about EVERY SINGLE TIME they’ve found the same darned thing.
You’ve got far safer options that’ll ease your mind… in more ways than one.
The drug risk that should keep you up at night
Maybe those docs have dementia themselves, and that’s why they act like it’s new every time one of these studies comes out!
Back in 2014, for example (FOUR years ago, in case you’re keeping score), a study found knocking back “benzos” could DOUBLE your risk of Alzheimer’s.
Mind you, that’s not after YEARS of taking them.
That’s the risk after taking them for just SIX MONTHS!
And cutting back on the timespan doesn’t really improve your odds by much.
That same study found just 12 weeks in a benzo cloud will bump your dementia risk by 51 percent.
On the other hand, maybe you’re lucky if you make it that far… because fact is, these drugs can ruin your life LOOOOOOONG before Alzheimer’s could ever become an issue.
They can leave you feeling weird and disoriented, boosting your risk of falling over and cracking a hip – an injury that could leave you hobbled for the rest of your life.
And in the worst risk of all, the “rest of your life” might not be as long as you’d think.
A 2012 study found taking benzos can increase your odds of pneumonia by 54 percent… and boost your risk of DYING from this infection by nearly a third.
Yet despite these risks… popping up AGAIN and AGAIN in major studies… some 10% of all older patients are taking benzos or benzo-like drugs.
All from drugs you NEVER needed, because, let’s face it…
They’re not CURES for anything!
All they can do is ease anxiety – a little – and, in the related Z drugs, maybe (emphasis on MAYBE) help you sleep a few minutes longer.
Instead, start with B vitamins, calcium, and magnesium. You can move on to herbs like valerian and kava kava, the amino acid L-tryptophan, and the neurotransmitter GABA.
Just knowing that you’re not doubling down on your dementia risk is enough to ease your nerves and help you rest at night!