Multiple meds mean maximum risks
You’re not going to let age slow you down. You’ve got plans, and now you’ve finally got the time to see them through.
Maybe you want to travel… maybe you’re taking up new hobbies… or maybe you just want to kick back and do whatever strikes your fancy for a change.
But there’s one thing that can put a stop to all of it, fast.
The best-laid plans can come crashing down around you if you’re too weak to see them through — and new research shows exactly how it happens.
It’s not your age.
It’s not even a health problem.
It’s your meds!
The new study shows how common medications, when taken together, can make you slower… sicker… weaker… and eventually frail.
And the more of them you take, the higher those risks.
A third of all Americans over the age of 55 take five or more meds; and, according to the study, that common number will cause your risk of turning frail to jump by 50 percent over three years.
If you take 10 or more, that risk DOUBLES.
Bring frail won’t just force you to slow down and cancel your plans. It can also increase your risk of a fall — and because you’re weaker, you’re more likely to do some serious damage to yourself if you take a spill.
That can lead to disability, and in some cases even death.
And along with physical problems, frailty can lead to mental ones including confusion, delirium, and dementia.
Of course, the mainstream won’t always blame the meds. They’ll blame your age… or the conditions that led to the drugs.
But that’s simply not true, because you can EASILY end up on five or 10 meds these days, even if you’re generally healthy by most mainstream measures.
It happens fast: a statin, two blood pressure meds, a baby aspirin, and an antacid, and you’re already on five meds.
Other commonly-used drugs — especially among older folks — include painkillers, antibiotics, antidepressants, sleep aids, allergy meds, asthma drugs, and more.
Once a diagnosis like heart disease or diabetes enters the picture, the number shoots up even higher — with some folks taking 20 medications or more every day!
That means a higher risk of side effects, and a higher risk of interactions.
Next thing you know, you can practically feel the strength and energy leaving your body.
Truth is, most of those meds — even the ones that are supposed to “manage” a chronic disease — aren’t necessary. Some can be replaced with natural therapies or lifestyle changes, and some may not even be needed at all!
If you’re taking multiple meds, work closely with a holistic doctor who can help you figure out what you need… what you don’t… and what can be replaced.
And if you’re in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.