Depending on who you are, this is still good advice. But it could be very dangerous for others. For some people, itâs possible a daily aspirin can lead to internal bleeding and even enhance the health condition it seeks to silence.
Take an Aspirin Every Day for these Benefits
Hereâs what Iâm talking about: Recent advice from the United States Preventative Services Task Forceâan panel of nationally recognized experts in prevention and evidence-based medicineâsays that if youâre between 50 and 69 and are at a high risk for heart attack or stroke, you should take a low-dose (i.e., childrenâs) aspirin each day as a preventative measure. Doing so could possibly even prevent colon cancer.
This is the first time aspirin has been mentioned as a preventative measure for cancer, but itâs likely because colon cancer is so closely associated with heart disease.
Thatâs the good news.
The Danger of Daily Aspirin
But if youâre outside of the 50 to 69 demographic, have not previously suffered a heart attack or stroke, or are at a low risk for a heart attack, then thereâs no need to take daily aspirin. In fact, doing so could be dangerous.
This is especially true if youâve ever had gastrointestinal bleeding or an ulcer, or regularly take omega-3 supplements, blood thinners, and NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen), because the risk of internal bleeding could be markedly increased by these factors. If you fall into any of these categories, it can be extremely risky to take aspirin regularly, even in low doses.
Heart Disease Prevention: Lifestyleâs Key
But if youâre otherwise healthy, active, keep a good diet, and maintain a healthy weight, you should be fine. Lifestyle plays such a major role in the risk for heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and certain cancers that the best preventative measures are the lifestyle decisions you make every day.
If you want to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, or heart attack, a daily childrenâs aspirin should be your last resort. No matter what your situation, itâs best to consult your doctor about your specific situation before starting a new daily routine like this.
Sources for Todayâs Article:
Burfoot, A., âMilk and Other Surprising Ways to Stay Hydrated,â The New York Times web site, June 30, 2016; http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2016/06/30/milk-and-other-surprising-ways-to-stay-hydrated/
Maughan R., âA Randomized Trial to Assess the Potential of Different Beverages to Affect Hydration Status: Development of a Hydration Index,â American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; doi:10.3945/ajcn.115.114769.