These Common Drugs Associated with the Risk of Dementia
A new study, led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the United Kingdom, suggests that a class of common drugs used to treat such conditions as depression, incontinence, and gastrointestinal disorders connected to the higher risk of developing dementia in the future.
For the study, which is considered to be the largest study of the alleged link, the researchers used medical data of more than 300,000 persons over the age 65. This sample included around 50,000 patients with dementia.
Study leader Dr. George Savva, who works in the School of Health Sciences at UEA, explains: “This research is really important because there are an estimated 350 million people affected globally by depression, and bladder conditions requiring treatment are estimated to affect over 13 percent of men and 30 percent of women in the U.K. and [United States].”
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