The results from a recent study indicate that aspirin may help older women maintain brain function. Many women take aspirin in attempt to lower their risk for heart attack, and according to the University of Gothenburg study, it may have benefits for women’s mental health as well.
As any neurosurgeon NJ specialist would agree, brain functioning naturally declines with age. As a person ages, both brain weight and volume reduce. The brain, on average, loses 5 to 10 percent of its weight from the age of 20 to 90.
The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, examined approximately 700 women between the ages of 70 and 92. 130 were taking aspirin. The study measured the women’s brain functioning five years from the study’s onset and found that the women who were taking aspirin showed a lower decline of brain function than the women who were not taking aspirin. The amount of time taking the aspirin was positively correlated with the lower the decline. However, taking aspirin daily had no effect on the potential risk of developing dementia.
Further research is required to confirm the results of this study, but the findings indicate that taking aspirin daily may promote brain functioning for older women who are at risk of heart disease.
Although daily aspirin may lower the risk of heart attack and perhaps preserve brain function, the researchers reported that no one should begin taking daily aspirin doses solely on the results of this study. Since aspirin can cause unwanted side effects, patients should always consult with their doctor before deciding whether or not to take aspirin.
Alzheimer’s and dementia are common diagnoses for older women and men with decreased cognitive functioning. According to the Alzheimer Association, around 12 percent of older Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, which is a leading cause of death in the US.