A new study is in its early stages to test the effects of aspirin on life expetancy. The Chicago Tribune reports that the research is aimed at finding ways for older adults to avoid living with physical or mental disabilities later in life.
"We don't know if a healthy older person should be on an aspirin regimen. This study will give us that answer," Dr Raj Shah, assistant professor of family medicine at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, told the news source.
"The information we gain from this study will be of public health importance and will help with the conversations older adults have with their primary doctors in the future."
The research is being conducted by scientists at Rush University Medical center and will focus on healthy adults over the age of 70. It plans to follow 19,000 subjects between the United States and Australia over a five-year period. The findings could be good news for senior citizens who like to maintain an active lifestyle.
Keeping active as one ages can provide invidiuals with a long list of health benefits. According the Centers for Disease control, exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day three to five times a week can improve mental health.