Can Ibuprofen prevent Alzheimer's?
Ibuprofen is a commonly used drug for pain relief, fever and headaches. This comes under the class of nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). The good news is that now latest research shows that this drug could help prevent Alzheimers.
Around 5.7 million adults in the United States are living with Alzheimers disease. This is ranked the most common form of dementia and what is worse is that the number is likely to increase to almost 14 million by 2050. Every 66 seconds, a new case is identified which makes it quite alarming. Statistics show that the annual cost to the country in 2017 was about $259 billion.
The recent research update that is rocking the industry is that Ibuprofen could prevent this disease. A Vancouver-based research team led by Canadas most cited neuroscientist, Dr. Patrick McGeer has come up with path-breaking research that states if started early enough, a daily dose of the drug could prevent the onset of Alzheimers disease.
What causes Alzheimers disease? Though the exact cause of Alzheimers disease has not been identified, what we do know is that a sticky protein called beta-amyloid is instrumental in causing this disease. This beta-amyloid has the tendency to clump together and cause "plaques" in the brain. These plaques are quite dangerous as they cause a breakdown of brain cell communication. This in turn results in memory loss, behavioral changes, difficulty speaking, trouble swallowing and walking and more. Ibuprofen works by reducing the inflammation caused by an Alzheimers-related peptide.
There are others skeptical about this piece of research. Dr. Doug Brown, chief policy and research officer at the Alzheimers Society in the United Kingdom thinks that it is still too soon to be recommending daily Ibuprofen preventing the disease. He also reminds that NSAIDs when used on a long-term basis may cause side effects. Consult your physician before you try using Ibuprofen as preventive measure.