Scientists dispelled the myth about the benefits of aspirin

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Daily aspirin helps to prolong the life of the elderly, scientists have found. The results of the study were published in The New England journal of Medicine.

The experiment was conducted for five years. It involved more than 19 thousand people in Australia and the USA. Their average age was 74 years, while they had no disability and did not suffer from cardiovascular disease or dementia. Half of the subjects daily took 100 milligrams of aspirin, while the remaining participants received a placebo.

The study showed that significant differences in the frequency of cases of death, disability or development of dementia among participants of the experiment were not: scientists have recorded a 21.5 cases per thousand of the subjects in the first group and 21.2 in the second. However, the risk of serious bleeding among those taking aspirin was up 3.8 percent versus 2.8 percent for placebo.

«Aspirin in healthy older people for five years is not extended the life expectancy and led to an increase in the number of serious bleeding,» concluded the researchers.

Aspirin is often used to reduce the recurrence of cardiovascular disease in the elderly, the victims, for example, from coronary insufficiency. This substance reduces platelet aggregation, which reduces the risk of blockage of blood vessels, but it can provoke bleeding in the brain and gastrointestinal tract.