Neurologists advise to refuse popular remedies for gastrointestinal tract disorders
Elderly people taking proton pump inhibitors, which are usually prescribed for the treatment of acid-related diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, are at high risk of developing dementia. This is indicated by recent studies described in the Pharmaceutical Journal.
So, as part of the study, scientists evaluated the condition and medical history of 73,679 patients aged 75 years and older. At the beginning of the study, cases of dementia were not recorded. Later it turned out that patients who took proton pump inhibitors had a 44% increased risk of developing dementia.
Also, the risk of dementia is increased if there was a depression or stroke. By the way, experts had previously found that the concentration of beta-amyloid protein in the brain of mice receiving proton pump inhibitors was increased. This is the main indicator of Alzheimer's disease. In addition, the fact that these drugs were actively used by people with diabetes or heart disease (risk factors for dementia) should be taken into account.