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Benzodiazepines Increase Risk of Alzheimer's

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2020 10:45:00 AM / by Isadora Guggenheim

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Using benzodiazepines** for more than 3 months may increase your risk for Alzheimer's disease.  

If you think your insomnia or anxiety is bad enough to benzodiazepines, I think you should be more worried about significantly increasing your risk for Alzheimer's.  Researchers studied 9000 older individuals who took benzodiazepines who showed an increased risk for Alzheimer's by 43 to 51%. The risk increased in those who took prescriptive benzos for 6 months or longer. Short-term effects of benzos causing memory impairments is well-documented. Last year another study showed a 50% increased risk of dementia in benzo users.

I see more women than men who are prescribed Benzos for sleep and anxiety issues. Women are also more likely to get Alzheimer's.  

Are there safe and effective options? Absolutely. It's important to start with neurotransmitter testing to identify the core issues and use effective corrective strategies. This takes the guess work out of the equation. I review and implement several lifestyle changes that are easy and free before any labs come back.  

Food allergies, subclinical infections, chemical exposures and heavy metals are all linked to insomnia and anxiety. I have 100% resolved several hundred anxiety cases due to food allergies and heavy metals.

Schedule your mood and sleep disorder consult today. We have evidence-based, safe and effective treatment protocols that work. Call to Get Started Today!

**Benzodiazepines are a type of medication known as tranquilizers. Familiar names include Valium and Xanax. They are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. 

Naturopathic Medicine is the primary care of today and the future of medicine tomorrow.  

Topics: Mood Disorders

Isadora Guggenheim

Written by Isadora Guggenheim

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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