Too often we hear of elderly people falling and breaking a hip or becoming very bruised, limiting mobility and having psychological consequences.
We have sort of come to take it as a natural pitfall (pun intended) to aging.
A new study in Sweden suggests that many more falls and subsequent injuries occur in those who are regularly taking common prescription medications.
The three-year study involved almost seven million people over sixty-five years of age. Of those, 64,399 were admitted to a hospital for treatment of injuries sustained as the result of a fall.
Researchers identified the top twenty most commonly prescribed medications and found that half of those significantly increased the risk of falls.
Most of those were prescription medications affecting the central nervous system and fell into the categories of opioids and antidepressants. Other drugs that were indicated as contributing to falling were those for ulcers, acid reflux, calcium, vitamin B12, and analgesics. Cardiovascular drugs did not pose a greater threat of injury.
Women are at greater risk
More women than men who took the prescription medications experienced falling injuries; they were also seventy-five percent more likely to fall than those not taking the drugs, the study found. Scientists concluded:
“The adverse effect of several commonly prescribed medications may seriously threaten their positive effects on the well-being and quality of life of older people. Their association with injurious falls is of particular concern as falls are prevalent and often leading to severe consequences. This needs to be acknowledged so physicians and patients can make informed decisions when prescribing and using them.”
A bad fall can have very serious consequences
Many seniors take pharmaceuticals for a variety of physical conditions. The risks have to be weighed against the benefits. In the case of opioid use, the prevalence of physicians’ prescriptions in the United States is on the rise; Americans consume twice as many of this type of drug than any other country in the world.
Opioids are morphine-like and create a high in the user (e.g., Percodan, Demerol). They can be addictive and once the body becomes tolerant of the current dose, more of the drug is needed to achieve the desired effect.
Because of these factors, abuse of opioids is much more likely than other pain relievers. This is especially worrisome in seniors whose overall health and stability may be already compromised.
Getting to the root of the problem should be a priority
Antidepressants are so often prescribed that one study found thirteen percent of American adults take them, with as many as twenty-five percent of women aged fifty to sixty-four. This astounding statistic gives us a very serious problem to consider: how can/should it be that so many people experience such profound depression as to require a pharmaceutical to get them out of bed?
This is a societal issue and one that should be treated as any other condition that affects so many people: fix the problem, don’t mask it with drugs. There are natural foods that can combat depression (other than chocolate, the most obvious choice).
Maintaining an active social life, developing meaningful relationships, getting enough good-quality sleep, pursuing an occupation you enjoy, eating healthy food, taking up a hobby for a creative outlet, engaging in regular exercise, exploring our spiritual selves, and working toward being financially secure are all ways we can help ourselves achieve contentment in life.
Adopting a fulfilling lifestyle while young will extend its benefits into old age, keeping us healthier in body, mind, and soul and obviating the need for many pharmaceuticals. Aging doesn’t have to be a horrible experience if we accept and recognize how we can best live with grace in good health.
- This Man Is Growing Tomatoes by The Dozens on Auto-Pilot Using ONLY Buckets (And No Electricity!)
Growing tomatoes on auto-pilot without manual labor? How does it work? The Alaska Grow Bucket design is based on a …
- Are You Washing Your Hands Correctly?
You probably wash your hands more times a day than you can count, but if you’re like most people, it’s …
- Work Before Ten AM Is “Torture”: Here’s How To Have More Energy
Waking up in the morning is easy, but getting out of bed with energy is hard. Since we can’t create …
- Protect Your Cells With This Miracle Molecule
“Antioxidant” has become a huge buzzword among health buffs and within the fitness industry over the past few years, and …
- These Police Officers Meditate Before They Start Their Day! What If Every Cop Did This?
If you’ve seen the pictures of meditating police officers, you might have thought that is was either a joke or …
- The Natural Remedy That Will PURGE Parasites From Your Body!
The longest tapeworm ever found in a human’s intestines was approximately 82 feet, which is the length of a standard …
- Constantly Tired? Try These 10 Adaptogenic Herbs!
Modern herbalists say adaptogenic herbs are plants with properties that exert a normalizing influence on the body, neither habit-forming, over-stimulating …
- Man Wears Ridiculous Pink Tutu For Good Cause
You might scratch your head when you see these photos and think “Why is that guy wearing a pink tutu?” …
- How To Get Rid Of Vertigo: 17 All-Natural Remedies
Ever feel like the room is spinning, after getting up too quickly in the morning? Typically, dizziness only occurs after …
- California Senate Passes Bill To Stop Pharmaceutical Companies From Giving Gifts To Doctors
Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. But one state in particular takes the cake, California. That’s …
- Lead Developer Of HPV Vaccines Comes Clean, Warns Parents & Young Girls It’s All A Giant Deadly Scam
The HPV vaccine controversy has got many people confused. Here’s what you need to know. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a …
- 10 Ways to Burn 100 Calories Without Even Trying
#1 Stand Up Stand Up! Yes, it really is that simple. By simply standing, instead of sitting, our bodies burn …
- This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Get Aspartame Poisoning From Diet Sodas
You may have never heard about it but aspartame poisoning is very real. Also known under different names such as …
- 5 Common Risk Factors for Kidney Disease
Stay on the lookout for kidney disease—a silent killer that lurks quietly and strikes with dangerous consequences before most people …
- The Surprising Cause of Skin Cancer (And No, It’s Not Too Much Sun!)
Melanoma is one of the most common cancers to affect Americans. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that “Over the past …