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Dementia: The common over-the-counter drug linked to a 54% increased risk of brain decline

Life & StyleDementia: The common over-the-counter drug linked to a 54% increased risk of brain decline


According to Age UK: “[Anticholinergic drugs] include antihistamines, benzodiazepines, some antidepressants, barbiturates and muscle relaxants.

“Examples of conditions that anticholinergics are used for are asthma and COPD incontinence, insomnia, depression, dizziness, some allergies including hay fever, and peptic ulcers and diverticulitis.”

How to lower dementia risk

Numerous lifestyle habits have been shown to lower the risk of dementia, but following a brain-healthy diet, which typically comprises fish, oils, and vegetables, is considered essential.

The Mediterranean-style diet, for example, encompasses all the critical components needed to protect the brain.



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