Women who are taking a baby aspirin or two a day for their heart health may be safeguarding their brain health, too, preliminary research suggests.
In a five-year study of more than 100 older people at similar risk for heart disease, scores on a standardized test that gauges memory and other cognitive skills increased slightly in women who took 75 to 150 milligrams of aspirin a day while dropping in those who didn’t take aspirin.
Still, “this does not mean low-dose aspirin will prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease,” says Maria Carrillo, PhD, senior director of medical and scientific relations at the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Don’t start taking aspirin on your own,” she says. Carrillo was not involved with the research, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2011.