Source: Reuters Health May 2009
An analysis of clinical data indicates that vitamin E, and drugs that reduce generalized inflammation, may slow the decline of mental and physical abilities in people with Alzheimer's disease over the long term. Dr. Alireza Atri, led the National Institutes of Health-sponsored research. The findings, reported at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Chicago, stem from data on 540 patients treated at the MGH Memory Disorders Unit. Findings showed:
- After an average of 3 years, there was a modest slowing of decline in function in those patients taking vitamin E. The treatment benefit from vitamin E was small to medium but increased with time.
- Taking an anti-inflammatory medication was associated with very consistent but generally only small effects on slowing long-term decline in cognitive functioning.
- However, in patients who took both vitamin E and anti-inflammatory medications, there appeared to be an additive effect in terms of slowing overall decline.
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