A new analysis, the results of which were published in the journal Ophthalmology, showed that taking aspirin daily can reduce the risk of heart disease and paralysis, but at the same time increase the risk of macular degeneration or macular degeneration, one of the most frequent causes of blindness in older people. .
This disease, associated mainly with age, is that it destroys the central vision, killing cells in the macula, the central part of the retina, which is located closer to the temple from the optic nerve head itself. As you know, there are two types of macular degeneration: dry and wet. The dry type of macular degeneration is the most common with less serious consequences, while the wet type of macular degeneration is more dangerous and has more severe consequences.
A group of researchers led by Dr. Paulus de Joog from the Institute of Neurology in the Netherlands and the Academic Medical Center reviewed and studied medical information on about 4,700 elderly people over 65 years old, according to globalscience.
So, 839 patients from the experimental group took a certain dose of aspirin every day. As a result, researchers found that all 839 patients suffered from severe macular degeneration, also known as wet macular degeneration. Thus, this disease began to develop in about every four out of 100 patients who took aspirin daily.
When the researchers examined patients who did not take aspirin in certain doses every day, their number was markedly reduced, since in this group only every two patients out of 100 were diagnosed with a wet type of macular degeneration. So, the researchers found out that daily use of aspirin is associated with an increased risk of developing extremely wet macular degeneration, and not with a similar dry-type disease.
The results of this analysis do not at all suggest that aspirin causes vision loss, but it does show that it may in any way contribute to the exacerbation of the disease. Researchers warn that whereas for patients at risk of vision problems, precaution regarding the daily intake of aspirin is recommended, the risk does not outweigh the benefits of taking this medication among patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases.