Daily aspirin not all it’s cracked up to be

Here we go again… The US Preventive Services Task Force just won’t let up until they get you and every other adult in America to take aspirin every single day for the rest of your lives…

You know how this is going to play out: Once this recommendation is followed in full force in the US, it will soon be happening on this side of the pond too.

But don’t be fooled because this new recommendation could do far more harm than good.

That’s because a few studies have found a loose association between taking aspirin and decreased colon cancer risk. But what these misleading and dangerous recommendations fail to mention is that taking this seemingly harmless pill every day might actually do significant damage to your body, including making your stomach bleed.

I’ve been telling my patients that the increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke far outweigh the benefits of this daily regimen – and last year, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finally agreed with me.

Billions of aspirin tablets are popped around the world annually. And that’s despite the fact that many patients may be sensitive or even allergic to aspirin without even knowing it.

And that means your daily aspirin could be too much for you… or that you shouldn’t be taking it at all!

Even the latest recommendations state that you should only take a daily preventative aspirin if you have at least a 10 per cent risk of cardiovascular disease and if you DON’T have an increased risk for bleeding.

But how would you even know if you are at risk for bleeding? And how many mainstream doctors out there don’t even ask?

It’s really amazing, because most doctors wouldn’t prescribe other meds without first putting you in a blood pressure cuff… doing bloodwork… running a urine analysis…

So why is everybody so eager to pull the trigger on aspirin, when it is most definitely NOT a cure-all pill – not for every medical condition, and not for every patient.

And bring this up to your doctor when you’re talking about your risk for cardiovascular disease and colon cancer, because low-dose doesn’t necessarily mean low-risk.

If your doctor is still pressuring you to jump on the aspirin bandwagon – or, if you find yourself already on it – ask him how to take a test to figure out if you’re that one out of every four people whose more at risk for adverse effects.

And yes, there actually is a test that doctors like me have been using for years to make smart aspirin recommendations to our patients! It’s called AspirinWorks.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Aspirin a day may push death away, a new study, cnn.com/2016/04/11/health/aspirin-heart-health-and-cancer-recommendations/index.html

Final Recommendation Statement: Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer, uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Announcements/News/Item/final-recommendation-statement-aspirin-use-for-the-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-colorectal-cancer

Frequency and Practice-Level Variation in Inappropriate Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleid=2089094#tab1

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