May 6, 2008

Ibuprofen lowers risk of Alzheimer's disease

A good news! According to the new findings of a US research team, painkiller Ibuprofen may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. The researchers also found that certain other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can reduce the risk of developing the disease by 25 percent. So, this is an interesting discovery and it may help in further research on the disease.

Alzheimer's disease starts with mild memory loss and confusion. But slowly it results in complete loss of memory. It has no cure and only a few effective treatments. Alzheimer's disease is linked with inflammation, and researchers believe that anti-inflammatory drugs might help delay the onset of the disease.

The study involved more than 49,000 U.S. veterans aged 55 and older, who developed Alzheimer's disease and nearly 200,000 who had no form of dementia. The researchers analyzed more than five years of prescription data from the U.S. Veterans Affairs health care system, and at several different NSAIDs. They found that, those who were prescribed ibuprofen for more than five years were 40 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, than those who did not. So, they concluded that the longer people use ibuprofen, the lower is the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Though ibuprofen lowers the risk of dementia, doctors warns people against use of this medicine. Because, these kind of medicine has many risks including development of ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney dysfunction etc. So, don't start taking it!


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