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Long-Term Use of Pills for Anxiety and Sleep Linked to Dementia

Taking Benzodiazepines for Anxiety and Insomnia

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  • Up to 43 percent of older adults use benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, etc.) for anxiety and insomnia, often chronically, even though their long-term effectiveness and safety remain unproven
  • Older adults who used benzodiazepines for three months or more had a 51 percent greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease than those who did not, a new study found
  • A past study also found that among adults over 65, those who used benzodiazepines were 50 percent more likely to develop dementia over a 15-year period
  • People who take benzodiazepines are nearly four times more likely to die prematurely than people who don't take them, and also have a 35 percent greater risk of cancer
  • Consider dietary changes, exercise, EFT, and adjustments to your sleep routine to naturally improve anxiety and sleep disorders

By Dr. Mercola

Up to 43 percent of older adults use benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, etc.) for anxiety and insomnia, often chronically, even though their long-term effectiveness and safety remain unproven.


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