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I love spending time with my dad.
In fact, we have a weekly “date” set up — just him and me. We go to the same little diner… We order the same awesome burgers…
And, we stop at the same gas station on the way so that my dad can go pee.
You see, my poor dad can’t go more than five minutes in the car without needing to “go.” But lately, he’s not the only one…
Over the last year, I’ve noticed the urgency to “go” is creeping up on me rather unexpectedly.
So, not that big a deal, right? Just visit the doctor and get a pill to decrease the urgency and both dad and I would be good to go.
Those anticholinergic drugs they use for bladder control are seriously dangerous. In fact, there are four major health risks that come with taking that prescription bladder control medication that you need to know about before you take even one more pill.
Here they are…
#1 – Falls
The way those drugs work is by blocking a key chemical in your brain called acetylcholine which is involved in passing messages between your nerve cells. This can lead to side effects like blurred vision, increased heart rate, tiredness and confusion.
And, guess what?
According to a study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin of men over the age of 65 taking the medication, raises the risk of falling by 50 percent.
Yep, it may help decrease your urge to pee but it increases your risk of a fall, which could land you in the hospital or even a nursing home. Not a good trade off in my book.
#2 – Dementia
And, if that wasn’t bad enough, you better hold on to your socks.
A landmark study of 350,000 adults published in the British Medical Journal found that if you take an anticholinergic drug to help with bladder control for a year or more, you increase your chance of developing dementia by a whopping 30 percent.
Do you really want to trade urgency or leaking for your memories?
#3 – Brain atrophy
To go along with the increased dementia risk, how about a little brain atrophy (or a lot)? Doesn’t sound good, does it?
But, anticholinergic drugs are associated with accelerated brain atrophy.
Brain atrophy can lead to:
- Aphasia (trouble speaking)
- Muscle weakness
- Hearing loss
And, yes… The dementia we talked about in #2.
#4 – Death
And finally, the granddaddy of them all… Death.
Taking more than one anticholinergic drug at a time has a negative impact on your lifespan and could lead to an early death.
Before you write that one off and say that it’s not a problem since you’re only taking a bladder control medication, you should know that there are some very common anticholinergic medicines that you could be taking without even knowing it, like:
- Advil PM
And, many, many more.
Natural bladder control
Those dangers are why natural bladder control is the much better option. That’s why I sought out a bladder supplement for me and dad.
Yes, there are lots of them on the market. They key is to find one that contains these two proven ingredients…
The first is known as EFLA™ 940. It actually a water soluble pumpkin seed extract – the difference being that it’s easier for your body to both absorb and use.
Double-blind scientific studies have shown that pumpkin seed extract helps urinary flow, voiding time and left-over urine volume in men with prostate concerns.
The second one is SoyLife® soy germ isoflavones.
The reason these are important lie in their natural ability balance the estrogen levels in your body which helps support stronger bladder function.
These two supplements work so well together that studies show that taking them results in:
- Decreased frequency of urination both day and night in a study of women age 52 to 86… a decrease of 44 percent after two weeks and a decrease 78 percent after just 4 weeks!
- Decreased nighttime urination by 40 percent in a study of men over the age of 65 in just 6 weeks!
- 100 percent improvement of overactive bladder and uncontrolled urge to “go” after 6 weeks in two separate studies of women age 35 to 84!
Don’t let bladder problems control your life or prescription bladder medication risk it. Instead, find relief from your bladder control problems naturally using soy germ isoflavones and pumpkin seed extract.
Editor’s note: While you’re doing all the right things to protect your brain as you age, make sure you don’t make the mistake 38 million Americans do every day — by taking a drug that robs them of an essential brain nutrient! Click here to discover the truth about the Cholesterol Super-Brain!
- Scientists discover link between common medications and serious falls in older men — Trinity College Dublin
- Certain common medications tied to 30% higher dementia risk, study finds — CNN
- Midlife anticholinergic drug use, risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and brain atrophy in community-dwelling older adults — Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
- List of Anticholinergic Drugs — The Senior List, LLC