Thursday, May 13, 2004

Aspirin and Aging

It is well-documented in medical literature that aspirin has many benefits beyond pain control and anti-inflammatory function.

Here are some benefits of aspirin or synthesized acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). It can prevent heart attack by its inhibitory effect on platelets and anti-inflammatory function. Reduced incidences of Alzheimer's disease or senile metal retardation were found in patients with long term usage of high dose of Aspirin. It is also known to reduce the incidence of colon carcinoma. Thus aspirin actually prevent many diseases related to the aging.

Following is some of my thought on aging and aspirin.

It is still unclear about mechanism behind aspirin's anti-aging effect. However, anti-inflammation is main mechanism for aspirin. Based on above anti-aging effect, it make sense that aging might have some thing to do with inflammation. As medical professions know, inflammation is triggered by foreign material, microorganism and breakdown product of host tissue. So aging tissue often generates degenerative debris which might trigger inflammation. The inflammation may in turn cause further tissue damage in brain, colon, etc. Aspirin certain can put a brake on such vicious cycle and slow down the aging process.

Anti-oxidant or reductive drug like vitamin E also reduce inflammation and provide anti-aging effect.

Based on this hypothesis, people should start to use anti-inflammatory drug after age 40 when the aging process starts.


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