Home Health Care Near Rancho Santa Fe: Aspirin and Macular Degeneration

Home Health Care Near Rancho Santa FeMacular degeneration is a familiar problem to those involved in home health care in Rancho Santa Fe. As the blood vessels in the eye deteriorate with age, they damage the eye’s delicate light-processing structures and cause loss of vision.

A new study indicates that the frequent use of aspirin could be a factor in the development of one type of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Daily Aspirin Connected to AMD

 In a large-scale study conducted by a team of European scientists, a team observed 4,700 seniors from nations across the continent of Europe. They investigated connections between AMD and a number of different health factors, some of which are already known to impact eye health.

Seniors who took aspirin every day were generally more likely to develop “wet” AMD, which is more advanced than the more common “dry” AMD.

More Geriatric Vision Care Research Needed

 Medical experts, including those involved in the study, agree that it is premature to assume that taking aspirin frequently will lead to macular degeneration. More focused research will determine if and how aspirin’s components affect the eye, but until then this preliminary study at least indicates that it could be a factor.

Because aspirin is an important prescription for fighting serious health risks like heart disease, in general seniors should not feel that the threat of AMD outweighs aspirin’s known benefits.

Home Health Care In Fairbanks Ranch: Keep an Eye on Aspirin Research

San Diego in-home care experts are already aware of some negative side effects that aspirin can produce. It is known to cause ulcers and internal bleeding under some circumstances, so doctors use caution when prescribing it for daily use.

Given the high rate at which macular degeneration afflicts seniors, we can expect to see further investigation into aspirin’s possible role in it before long.

Originally posted 2012-03-15 09:08:23.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.