Aspirin May Delay Alzheimer’s
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
You may know that aspirin is good for preventing strokes, heart attacks, and some types of cancer, but did you know that aspirin might also help in preventing or delaying Alzheimer’s disease?
Research Study from Sweden
According to one preliminary study, led by Silke Kern and colleagues from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (online at BMJ Open), low-dose baby aspirin may help your aging brain.
This Swedish study included almost 700 women, aged 70 to 92. After five years, women who took a low-dose aspirin every day to help prevent heart attacks showed higher mental function than those who were not taking aspirin. One great thing about this research is it involved only women. Sometimes men and women respond differently in studies.
The low aspirin dose used in the study was between 75 and 160 milligrams. And, the interesting thing is that the positive effects appear to be related only to aspirin, not to other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Aspirin Seems to Slow Loss of Mental Capacity
According to MedlinePlus (2012), a US Government website, “…tests of memory, verbal fluency and other mental capabilities showed some loss of brain power, but the decline was significantly less and occurred at a slower pace among the women who received aspirin continuously or even for a period of time compared to those who never took it.”
Researchers Don’t Know Why it Works
This research is still considered preliminary. The results seem to show that aspirin may protect the brain, but the long-term results are unclear. The Swedish team will monitor the women for five more years; however, this finding corroborates earlier research, which determined that baby aspirin might drop the chance of getting Alzheimer’s by up to 55%.
Ask Your Doctor
Ask your doctor before taking aspirin daily. Aspirin can cause ulcers or internal bleeding and could interact with one of your other medications.
Information from this article is not intended to be a substitute for advice from a doctor or other professional. Please consult your own physician for specific advice.
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