Aspirin ‘cuts risk of sight loss’

December 2nd, 2009 - 12:15 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 2 (ANI): Taking aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of sight loss, says a new research.

In the study, scientists found that people who took the pill every other day saw their risk of developing age-related macular degeneration reducing.

Boffins believe they have found an association between the condition and heart disease. Both share some risk factors such as smoking and high blood pressure, reports The Daily Express.

A report in the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, looked at how two heart-disease treatments, a low dose of aspirin and statins, which lower cholesterol, could affect the sight condition.

The 10-year study discovered that the risk of developing it was reduced by 18 per cent in women who took low-dose aspirin.

Statins did not cut the risk.

Researchers looked at the records for 39,421 women enrolled in a decade-long women’s health study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Lead researcher William Christen said: “Although our study found no large benefit from low-dose aspirin, the possible modest protective effect we did find warrants further study.

“If future studies confirm our findings, it could be important to make the public aware of this benefit.” (ANI)

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