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Can an Aspirin a Day Be Bad for Your Health?

Posted on 05/11/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

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Check out this AARP Bulletin piece on how new guidelines on aspirin are saying that not everyone should be taking the drug every day, as it may pose serious health risks:
The aspirin-a-day controversy erupted publicly in March when a 10-year study of nearly 30,000 adults ages 50 to 75 without known heart disease found that a daily aspirin didn’t offer any discernible protection. The group taking aspirin had cardiovascular disease at the same rate as those taking a placebo. Moreover, the study–published in the Journal of the American Medical Association–reported that taking a daily aspirin (100 mg) almost doubled the risk of dangerous internal bleeding.
And last year the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force–a panel of medical experts–issued new guidelines for patients, recommending only those at risk for heart attacks or strokes should take a daily aspirin. Risk factors include having high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, as well as being overweight.
The panel also recommended that people over 80 not take aspirin at all because of bleeding risk.
So should you be taking aspirin? The article also gives some of the guidelines for who should and shouldn’t be taking it on the regular, and why, so check it out – your health may depend on it.