Alzheimer’s drugs to increase the mortality rate

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) have conducted a study which states that benzodiazepine or drugs related to it increase the mortality rate by 40 percent among the individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry published the findings.

The results of the study reveal that the risk of death rises when patients are administered with benzodiazepine and related drugs. This increased death risk is often related to the adverse events of these drugs including,

  • Fall-related injuries e.g. hip fractures
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke

The study used the register-based MEDALZ (Medication Use and Alzheimer’s disease) cohort for the experimentation. It took into account all individuals in Finland, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease from 2005 to 2011. The subjects who have used benzodiazepines and related drugs previously were not included in the study.

The population of the study consisted of at least 10,380 new users of the respective drugs. For the comparative analysis, 20,760 individuals, who did not use these drugs, were recruited.

Different treatment guidelines, affirming the non-pharmacological treatments of the drugs, state that most of the time benzodiazepines and related drugs are used as the first-line treatment of,

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia

In particular, these drugs target these conditions in persons with dementia. Moreover, it is important to note that these drugs are for short-term use only.

Based on the findings of this study, the researchers suggest that benzodiazepine and related drug use in persons with dementia must be strictly considered.

Home remedies for Alzheimer’s disease

Medicines offer negative side effects to its consumers. This increases the urge for natural measures against diseases. Some of the natural remedies for Alzheimer’s disease include,

One of the easiest and simplest ways to deal with Alzheimer’s is meditation. A five-minute startup session is encouraged at the beginner level. Slowly, afterward, you can build the session up to 20-30 minutes twice a day.

Ginkgo biloba serves as a popular tincture to remedy dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Note it helps to regulate the healthy and normal circulation of blood.

Mental exercise can help hone your memory. Word puzzles, crosswords, Sudoku, or simply reading books can serve the purpose.

Eat healthy fruits and foods; follow a regular exercise schedule to maintain healthy levels of blood pressure. It possibly alleviates the chance of memory loss. Foods rich in antioxidants can help in this regard, as explained below. Incorporate more herbs into your diet. It potentially boosts your immune system.

Some of the best food choices for the people suffering from Alzheimer’s are as follow,

  • Seeds
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Citrus fruits

Pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds make a great snack for Alzheimer’s patients. Moreover, they are rich in essential fatty acids that are necessary for the functioning of our brain.  Berries are rich in antioxidants and they help to slow down the motor changes with age.

Being full of beta-carotene, Carrots boost your nerve health and memory. There are another vitamin A-rich foods like spinach, squash, bell peppers, liver, whole milk and eggs that can help with Alzheimer’s. Loaded with vitamin C, citrus fruits also ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Vit. C is antioxidant in nature and helps protect brain nerves.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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