Daily aspirin: Risks outweigh the benefits

Avoiding a little conflict is usually not a bad thing – but when it comes to the decision of whether or not to take a daily aspirin as a preventative measure, it’s time to stand up for yourself to not get steamrolled.

Because whatever meagre benefit you might get from that aspirin… however long it might extend your life… won’t be worth the misery it can cause in the meantime.

Over the last few months, I’ve seen headlines like “Not enough people over 50 taking daily aspirin” or “Study shows aspirin extends life” splashed all over the news.

But what you need to know is that the study that gave rise to these headlines showed that daily aspirin extends the life expectancy of older people, on average, BY ONLY FOUR MONTHS.

Talk about getting the short end of the stick!

Because for those extra few months, you significantly increase your risk of a dangerous bleed in your stomach or your brain.

Sure, taking a blood thinning drug like aspirin every day could reduce your risk of the type of stroke that’s caused by blood clot… but all the while, it’s INCREASING your risk of the type of stroke caused by brain bleeding.

Why sacrifice one body part for another?

Even if aspirin truly did protect your heart from heart disease – and help you live longer – what else is it ravaging? And how miserable will you be in that extra time?

The researchers behind the study say that by 2036, an estimated 900,000 more people would be alive thanks to everyone age 51 or older taking aspirin. But if you ask me, they’re just playing a numbers game. There’s no real way to project a future statistic like that.

And you know what HAS passed that test for heart disease and even chronic heart failure – without the risk of bleeding?

It’s something I shared with you just this morning: omega-3 fatty acids.

So, don’t let your doctor prescribe a one-size-fits-all treatment to you, even if it’s purely preventative, just because you’ve hit a certain age. Every patient is different. Except, maybe, eat more omega-3 fatty fish full of EPA and DHA like wild-caught salmon.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

The Long-Term Benefits of Increased Aspirin Use by At-Risk Americans Aged 50 and Older, journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0166103

An aspirin a day extends life, prevents heart attacks for certain older Americans, USC study finds, news.usc.edu/111659/an-aspirin-a-day-extends-life-prevents-heart-attacks-for-certain-older-americans-usc-study-finds/

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  1. Does all the above regarding the risk with blood thinning apply to all such prescriptions as eg Xarelto (rivaroxaban) which I’m taking due to irregular heart beat following a catheter ablation procedure to treat atrial fibrilation. I’m now told that I’m occasionally experiencing atrial “flutter”.

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