Medication Side Effect Benefits?

Medication Side Effect Benefits?

Are there surprising good side effects of our medications? We know that blood pressure medications are great for blood pressure, but what if they also reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s disease? Wouldn’t that be terrific?

Research from the University of Hawaii suggests that men being treated with beta-blockers have up to 40% fewer Alzheimer’s disease brain lesions. (Please note that results are preliminary.)

Metformin, a drug commonly prescribed for Type Two diabetes, is linked with a 25% lower risk of breast cancer for women taking the drug for at least three years, according to a 2012 review of seven studies published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Not taking your pills? It’s estimated that not taking prescribed medications is costing the U.S. health care system hundreds of billions of dollars in worsening illnesses and hospitalizations.

Many people are “afraid of taking pills” and want to deal with illnesses without them, but studies are showing us the added benefits that might come from taking our medications as prescribed.

For more information on the unexpected benefits of prescribed doses of drugs such as aspirin and statins on cancer survival, read the article in the latest AARP Magazine.

Girdwain, J. June/July 2013. “Surprising Good Side Effects of Your Meds.” AARP The Magazine . Page 17-18. Retrieved from