Popping a daily aspirin for purported health reasons is a growing trend–but not a good one. In a recent survey, 52% of respondents who were middle age or older said they took to “prevent heart disease.” Unfortunately, there’s very good science that says for most, the risks outweigh the benefits.
While aspirin thins the blood, which can help prevent blood clots that lead to stroke and heart attack, long-term aspirin use can increase the risk of ulcers, stomach bleeding, even brain bleeding! What’s more, research suggests that for most people, the chance that aspirin will prevent a first heart attack is about the same as the chance that it will cause serious damage.*
The same survey found that 43% of those popping a daily aspirin are doing so without their provider’s knowledge (yikes!).
Drugs are not the answer to prevention. Go for natural, conservative care instead, through healthy eating, daily exercise, and regular Chiropractic care. Not sure where to start? Your healthcare professional can help you develop a regimen that’s right for you.
*The Food and Drug Administration only recommends aspirin for those have already had a stroke or heart attack, or for those at extremely high risk–and always under the care of a health professional.