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NSAIDs Increase the Risk of Alzheimer’s

If you take an anti-inflammatory, non-steroidal drug like naproxen or ibuprofen, and think that it will help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, think again. A study in Neurology suggests that NSAID users do not have lower rates of dementia. On the contrary, an increased use of the pain relievers appears to raise the risk of cognitive decline.

Researchers were surprised by the results because inflammation is currently believed to be a cause or marker of Alzheimer’s. In addition, other studies claimed that anti-inflammatory pills lowered the dementia risk. An article in USA Today quotes Duke’s aging expert Murali Doraiswamy who explains that these latest results did not surprise him and that previous trials evaluating Vioxx, aspirin and prednisone, also anti-inflammatory medications, did not show any reduced risks of cognitive decline. "Any benefits noted in prior studies were likely due to an epiphenomenon — the people taking NSAIDS were younger, healthier and better educated, all of which biased the results."

This new finding doesn’t rule out the role of inflammation in the dementia process. It’s just that these anti-inflammatory drugs do not work to prevent Alzheimer’s. Are there any anti-inflammatories that do work?

I suggest that we turn to nature.
So, if you have been taking Advil or Aleve to prevent dementia, forget about it. Anyway, these over the counter pills can be rough on the stomach, upsetting the delicate balance. Many people who are headache sufferers have realized that they get rebound headaches from these pills that can be worse than the original headache. Now research has proved that pain observation is true.

Here’s a prescription for mind and body: Manage your stress; live, laugh and Let it go.
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