All studies are informational only, and should be used to educate us to enable us to better understand our own health care and make more educated decisions, together with our doctors and health care team.
It was reported that investigators followed nearly 2,400 middle aged and elderly people for 15 years.
MedPage Today (1/22, Walsh) reports, "After adjustment for age, sex, and history of smoking, the odds ratio for macular degeneration in aspirin users was 2.37 (95% CI 1.25 to 4.49)." The investigators reported that, "with further adjustment for body mass index, systolic blood pressure, and history of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the association remained (OR 2.46, 95% CI 1.25 to 4.83)."
HealthDay (1/22, Reinberg) reports, "People taking aspirin for heart and stroke prevention benefits should not be alarmed, however…said" study senior researcher Jie Jin Wang. According to Wang, "Currently, there is insufficient evidence to recommend changing clinical practice, except perhaps in cases of patients with strong risk factors for age-related macular degeneration, such as existing age-related macular degeneration in one eye." The Daily Mail (UK) (1/22, Hope) also covers the story.
It is always crucial to talk with your health care professionals to determine the best course of treatment for you. More often, then not, the benefits to your health outweigh the risks, otherwise your doctor would not have prescribed the medication. Be sure to take a proactive part in your health care by letting your doctors and other healt care professionals know about your eye health, especially if you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration.