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Eye Disease May Be Linked To Aspirin Use

Eye Disease May Be Linked To Aspirin Use

SYDNEY (UPI) — Regular aspirin use may be linked with an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, Australian researchers say.

Gerald Liew of the University of Sydney and colleagues said the study involved 2,389 participants of which 10.8 percent were regular aspirin users — defined as once or more per week in the past year.

The study, published in the online first journal Internal Medicine, found that after a 15-year follow-up, 24.5 percent developed incident AMD.

“The cumulative incidence of neovascular AMD — existing late AMD in the fellow eye — among non-regular aspirin users was 0.8 percent at five years, 1.6 percent at 10 years, and 3.7 percent at 15 years; among regular aspirin users, the cumulative incidence was 1.9 percent at five years, 7 percent at 10 years and 9.3 percent at 15 years, respectively,” Liew and colleagues wrote in the study. “Regular aspirin use was significantly associated with an increased incidence of neovascular AMD.”

However, the study authors noted any decision concerning aspirin therapy is “complex and needs to be individualized.”

“Currently, there is insufficient evidence to recommend changing clinical practice, except perhaps in patients with strong risk factors for neovascular AMD in whom it may be appropriate to raise the potentially small risk of incident neovascular AMD with long-term aspirin therapy,” the study authors concluded.

“The findings are, at best, hypothesis-generating that should await validation in prospective randomized studies before guiding clinical practice or patient behavior.”

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  • jet lift

    This news must make the millons of people taking daily asprin for their heart feel ‘warm and fuzzy’!

    • carolinerh

      Aspirin is a killer in so many ways in the body. No one should be taking it. On top of that, it has not even been proven to help the heart after nor before a heart attack. Just grea marketing as usual by Big Pharma or for Obama, population control! As a health consultant, I have always recommended safer and better ways to health than drugs. Search out aspirin on line and see the damage it does! People need to be informed because doctors sure aren’t but many pharmacists are. Don’t take anyone’s word for a drug – check it out first, and then make an informed decision. There are times you need a drug but not for life and there are times for surgery. Think your life and lifestyle through and make the changes you should by now know to be made. Better nutrition habits in eating and exercise.

    • fred

      Yes, as a daily user for blood pressure control (with other meds) for nearly 10 years
      it doesnt make me feel too comfortable. – and yes I have maculear degeneration so
      that Im unable to drive before full sunrise or near dusk and the evening.

      • mcdtsmith

        I hear misteltoe extract does wonders for blood pressure.

  • markypolo911

    “Currently there is insufficient evidence” ? Here yet is another BS article written by a moron desperately trying to make a name for himself. Most journalist take advantage of people who can’t really read and see through this play with words. This is why we have morons in the White House. My advice to the Author : When YOU have “sufficient” evidence, give us the story. idiot.

    • mcdtsmith

      Why is there insufficient evidence Marky? I am going to guess it is because big pharma isnt paying for any studies on something that generates so much money for them. They dont care if its bad for you as long as they reap the rewards.They sure are not doing any studies on something natural that might help as much or more than aspirin without any side affects.

  • ibcamn

    WTF?iv’e never used aspirin and i have to wear glasses,this sucks,i’m goin somewhere else!

  • Chocopot

    I am 59 years old. I have had arthritis since the age of 15. I have been taking aspirin (in the form of ecotrin – enteric-coated aspirin) on a daily basis for 44+ years and, knock on wood, I am fine. Should I now be worried?


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