We all know that taking an aspirin a day can reduce the risk of heart disease. New research shows it may also become the newest tool in the battle against osteoporosis.
Researchers at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry tested the effects of Aspirin on mice, and found it prevented improper bone resorption — the process by which bone turns over and releases minerals. It also prevented the death of bone-forming stem cells.
In osteoporosis, bone turns over more than it is rebuilt, leading to brittle, easily fractured bones.
The tests were conducted on mice whose ovaries had been removed. The study found the bone density of the mice increased significantly over time. The scientists believe Aspirin both inhibits the loss of bone and promotes the formation of cells that create bone.
Osteoporosis affects 1.4 million Canadians —including one in four women, and one in eight men over the age of 50.