Thursday, March 15, 2012

SLEEPING PILLS – LURKING DANGER?

Several people I know as a Fort Myers plastic surgeon, many of whom are my patients, take sleeping pills either occasionally or on a regular basis.

In a recent study, 10,000 people who took sleeping pills was compared to a group – similar in age and health history – who did not take sleeping pills.

The shocking news – people who used sleeping pills were more than 5 times likely to die of ANY cause over the study period. Even light users ie: 1-10 pills per year had a 3.6% greater risk of dying.

A word of caution – these statistics do NOT necessarily mean that the sleeping pills were the cause of the increased death rates because it may mean people who take sleeping pills have other health issues as well.

But,it makes you wonder!

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