Aspirin May Preserve Brain Function in Elderly Women
Posted Jan 16 2013 9:00am
inSA new study from
researchers in Sweden has shown that
aspirin may help women maintain brain function.
studied approximately 700 women, at least
70 years old. About 600 of the women were considered to be at high risk
for a heart attack. About 20% of them were taking aspirin
during the course of the study.
The study found that women
who were taking aspirin had better brain function. The benefits were
more pronounced with women who were taking aspirin for five years or
Dr. Silke Kern was the lead author
of the study. He said that their research does not explain the exact
relationship between brain function and aspirin. However, aspirin increases blood flow to the brain, which could help
ensure the brain receives adequate nutrients and oxygen.
The researchers concluded that taking aspirin
in low doses may be an effective way to promote brain functioning for
women who are at risk of heart disease.
Critics say the study would need to be replicated before
medical professionals can conclude that aspirin has the capability to
promote brain functioning in women. And patients who take
aspirin need to know the long term risks - stomach ulcers or internal