A recent study brings some good news for anyone at a risk of getting Parkinson’s disease. It showed that if you take ibuprofen on a regular basis, it could lower your risk.
Ibuprofen, which is sold under several brand names, as well as being widely available as a generic, is commonly used to help aches and pains go away, but a study documented in a Neurology journal has discovered another possible benefit.
They study took 135,000 people who were regular ibuprofen users and determined they had a 40% less of a chance of getting Parkinson’s disease. The study didn’t deal with determining if those benefits outweighed any risks such as stomach bleeding, which can occur with too much usage of ibuprofen.
Preventing a Heart Attack
Another benefit of ibuprofen seems to be that it can help prevent heart attacks. It was suspected for a time now that anti-inflammatory drugs could help patients in this respect, but until now they did not know which ones were best. This study shows that ibuprofen works best to help prevent heart attacks.
Studies show that one person in every 500 people is at a risk of getting Parkinson’s disease. If you get it, you don’t have enough dopamine in your system due to nerve cells dying in your brain. This can cause things like tremors, rigid body and slower movements of the body.
The doctors studying the effects of ibuprofen said that the reason it helps could be because Parkinson’s causes inflammatory problems in the brain and ibuprofen helps treat inflammatory changes. It was determined that it could also be that ibuprofen plays a specific role in blocking a biological pathway to cell damage.
All in all, it can’t hurt to take some ibuprofen every day if your doctor agrees it is a safe practice for you.