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The disturbing link between benzodiazepines and Alzheimer’s disease

I've written about the potential link between insomnia and Alzheimer's disease a few times now.

As for why there may be a link, the jury is still out.

A new study recently put forward a potential culprit - sleeping pills (and more specifically, benzodiazepines).

Researchers in France and Canada found that those over the age of 66 who used benzodiazepines for at least 3 months were up to 51% more likely to develop Alzheimer's.

The strongest link was found in those who took benzodiazepines for longer periods of time and those who took longer-acting benzodiazepines.

It's important to note that this study didn't conclude that benzodiazepines cause Alzheimer's disease - however, the link does suggest a possible connection that is worthy of future investigation.

Source: British Medical Journal

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Last updated: January 12, 2015

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • Aaron
    January 18, 2015, 7:43 pm

    I want them to look into this more. There are also studies that suggest that most cases of Alzheimer is not Alzheimer at all but rather an abundance of mini strokes. No doubt there is something going on with this medication, but researches might be barking up the wrong tree.