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Aging and Olmesartan

with additional studies

Benefits of RAS blockade with olmesartan treatment are sustained after study discontinuation. 1)

In conclusion, there is no robust signal for harm with olmesartan use. 2)

Although uncontrolled confounding might still exist, olmesartan does not seem to increase cardiovascular risk compared with losartan. 3)

The ROADMAP study will answer the question whether an ARBA drug which is an angiotensin receptor blocker. One of the ARBs is olmesartan (Benicar). Not all ARBs activate the Vitamin D Receptor. can prevent or delay the onset of microalbuminuria and whether this translates into protection against cardiovascular events and renal disease. 4)

The data demonstrate potential benefits of reducing the heart rate of type 2 diabetes patients, and indicate that olmesartan could, in particular, reduce the risk of microalbuminuria in patients with low heart rate. 5)

Therapeutic and supratherapeutic OM doses had no clinically significant effect on cardiac repolarization and were well tolerated. 6)

General research on aging

Falls studies have determined that taking ≥ 4 drugs is associated with an increased incidence of falls, recurrent falls, and injurious falls. 7)

A number of meta-analyses have questioned the benefits of untargeted or 'holistic' supplementation for falls and fracture, and raised the possibility of adverse cardiovascular effects of calcium and vitamin D. 8)

Some of the documented protective effects of ARBs

include the ability to:

  • decrease the incidence and progression of Alzheimer's disease and dementia9)
  • prevent migraines10)
  • inhibit liver fibrosis and aid liver healing11)
  • reduce insulin resistance in rats12)
  • 6 mg/kg olmesartan reduces the inflammatory process and bone loss in rats13)
  • protect the mitochondria from age-associated damage from oxidation14)
  • play a protective role against proliferative diabetic retinopathy 15)
  • reduce liver fibrosis16)
  • treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders17)
  • reduce oxidative damage18) and limit aging 19) 20)

Olmesartan and other ARBs have been used

to block various bad effects of Angiotensin II, including heart failure. In this regard, olmesartan has been shown to:


80mg single dose vs 6hrlydosing
4 hourly compared to 6 hourly dosing

In August 2002, Trevor Marshall and Frances Marshall published a NetPrint about valsartan (Diovan), in which they reported that the once daily dosing of the ARB caused psychedelic dreams and psychotic events in two sarcoidosis patients. On the theory that these symptoms were caused by changes in plasma concentration, the frequency of the dosing of ARB was increased, which ended up reducing symptoms of disease including psychedelic dreams. This early insight into ARBs anti-inflammatory effects led Marshall to conclude that for an ARB to provide symptomatic relief, it was necessary to use more frequent dosing than typical. Professor Marshall would later go on to recommend frequent dosing of another ARB, olmesartan.

In rats, Olmesartan at 6 mg/kg optimally reduced the inflammatory process and bone loss30). That would be 9-10 tablets of Olmetec daily for a 64 Kg human

Olmesartan has also been shown to

  • prevent or delay left ventricular remodeling and hypertrophy in patients with type 2 diabetes 31)
  • reduce the volume of atherosclerotic plaques32) 33)
  • mildly reduce the risk of stroke in people at high risk for strokes (cerebrovascular events).34)
  • significantly remodel and destiffen the arterial wall material during long-term treatment 35)

A number of studies have found

that olmesartan and other ARBs possess various ways of protecting the kidneys from the effects of inflammation and cytokineAny of various protein molecules secreted by cells of the immune system that serve to regulate the immune system. damage:

  • in circadian rhythms between HR and MAP in CKD: Synchronization between the two rhythms was progressively lost as renal function deteriorated, and Olmesartan partly restored the synchronization 36)
  • in hypertensive patients with CKD, olmesartan add-on therapy improves the ambulatory BP profile via a preferential reduction in nighttime BP with concomitant renal injury inhibition 37)
  • results suggest olmesartan can help decrease plasma AGE levels in patients on HD 38)
  • renal protective effects of olmesartan may be better than those of other ARBs 39)
  • olmesartan may uniquely increase urinary ACE2 level, which could offer additional renoprotective effects 40)

Recent studies showed

  • treatment with olmesartan inhibited bone loss 41)
  • olmesartan protects endothelial cells against oxidative stress-mediated cellular injury 42)
  • decreases viability of malignant cell lines43)
  • carotid IMT and BP decreased similarly with olmesartan and atenolol; but only olmesartan reduced the volume of larger atherosclerotic plaques 44)
  • improvement of Plasma Biomarkers after switching stroke patients from other Angiotensin II Type I Receptor Blockers to Olmesartan 45)
  • improvement of glycemic control & insulin resistance was only observed in olmesartan group 46)
  • OLM substantially delayed the development of left ventricular remodeling in type 2 diabetes 47)
  • prevention of microalbuminuria in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension 48)

Long term treatment

Data suggest 40 & 80 mg olmesartan are able to significantly remodel & destiffen the arterial wall material during long-term treatment, partly independently of blood pressure, compared with 20 mg. hyper.ahajournals.org/content/early/2014/07/07/HYPERTENSIONAHA.114.03282.reprint 49)

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