I know the drug companies would love for you to believe the popping a pain pill will make you live forever, but it's all a load of hooey. Painkillers like naproxen and ibuprofen might temporarily ease the pain of arthritis or a headache, but they won't cure any diseases – and they won't prevent any disease, either.
Contrary to previous research, which claimed popping a daily regimen of painkillers such as naproxen and ibuprofen could ward off dementia, a new study shows that just the opposite could be true.
According to Dr. Eric B. Larson of Seattle's Group Health Center for Health Studies, it's perfectly fine to take painkillers for pain. But, he says, "If people are thinking, 'Should I take these to prevent dementia?', the answer based on our study would be no."
This research actually found out that of the 2,700 people in the study, as many as 66 percent were actually MORE likely to develop dementia if they took heavy, regular doses of painkillers.
Larson said that those on painkillers "had more diabetes, more arthritis, more signs of heart failure…"
What's more, high dosages of painkillers often have nasty complications, like gastrointestinal ulcers and micro bleeds in the brain.
Despite drug company efforts to make painkillers the next one-a-day vitamin, you should only be popping these drugs as a last resort – not as a medical cure-all.