We are constantly told to use only the best medicine, but a new study shows that some older products are more effective than others.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a variety of products, from prescription painkillers to anti-aging products, are more likely to work than those of younger patients.
“We have been told that older adults are more sensitive to their own age and that older people are less sensitive to the effects of drugs,” said lead researcher Sarah McManus, MD, PhD, from the University of Bristol.
“The idea that older patients are less responsive to their medications may be wrong.
In fact, older adults respond to the same medications much better than younger patients.”
The researchers found that older-friendly products were more likely than younger-friendly drugs to lower levels of circulating growth hormone, a hormone that regulates muscle growth and energy.
They also found that products containing lactic acid (a naturally occurring ingredient in beer) were more effective at reversing muscle loss.
The findings show that aging products are a good bet for older patients, McManuses said.
“These products may be a good way to slow or even reverse the onset of age-related disease,” she said.
However, older patients should still consult their doctors about the best products they should use.
The researchers also found evidence that certain older products were effective in preventing or reversing muscle damage, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
For older patients who have already lost muscle mass, McMenus recommends taking anti-inflammatory medications and a multivitamin, which contain a variety and doses of vitamins and minerals, to prevent the formation of scar tissue.
“Many older people experience an increased risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes,” she added.
“This may be because these diseases can lead to increased inflammation, and when that occurs, there is an increased likelihood of heart failure and other problems.”
McMenuses recommends older patients use these medications with care and consult with their doctors if they experience any symptoms of heart problems or other health issues.
In the meantime, older people should continue to follow the recommendations of their doctors and doctors should continue their research to find products that are most effective for their age.