It’s a habit many folks picked up all the way back in the Reagan years. And let’s be honest, it certainly seemed like a better idea at the time than parachute pants and New Coke.
But this wasn’t just a questionable fad. It was mainstream medical advice, cited by the experts and probably repeated by your own doctor.
Once you hit middle age… when you were in your 40s or beyond… and maybe you spotted that first gray hair, you were told it was time. Time to start taking a daily aspirin, supposedly to protect yourself from heart attack and stroke.
Well, my friend, that’s NOT how it all shook out. Yet unlike acid-washed jeans, thick shoulder pads, and mullets, new research shows how this bad idea from the 80s is still with us today.
So let me share with you the truth about aspirin. And explain how to finally kick this dangerous habit for good.
When a bad idea just won’t die
You can see the logic. Aspirin thins the blood. And thinner blood is less likely to form a dangerous clot. This, in turn, could help you avoid heart attacks and strokes.
That would make aspirin an easy choice, if that’s all that happened. And it’s why new research shows that 10 million American seniors are STILL popping a daily aspirin pill.
They heard about that benefit, possibly from their own doctor. So they have not only been taking the drug, but dutifully swallowing those tablets every single day for years.
But while the press and the mainstream medical establishment were quick to publicize that benefit, they haven’t been so fast to admit to the dark side of this drug. The truth is aspirin can make the blood a little TOO thin.
That can lead to excess bleeding. And we’re not just talking about a gusher of a bloody nose here. You can bleed where you can’t even see it, leading to…
- bleeding strokes
- brain bleeds and “microbleeds”
- stomach ulcers
- gastrointestinal bleeding
These aspirin risks aren’t exactly what you would call small, either. In fact, studies show the chances of being hurt or killed by one of these dangerous side effects is far higher than any real benefit from the drug for cases of “primary prevention.”
In other words, that daily aspirin is more likely to harm you than prevent a major cardiovascular problem such as a stroke or heart attack for the first time.
Daily aspirin could send bleeding risks soaring
One study found that aspirin cut the risk of heart attack and stroke by 17 percent. Sounds good, right? The only trouble is it also RAISED the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding by 47 percent and brain bleeds by a third. (You’ll find all the details here.)
In another, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, gastrointestinal bleeding risk skyrocketed an astounding 58 percent, and hemorrhagic stroke risk leaped by 27 percent.
And a 2018 study even found that daily aspirin users had a higher risk of DEATH from all causes.
But if you’re taking aspirin now, don’t quit suddenly. Even THAT’S dangerous.
Quitting can actually raise heart risks for a brief period. So rather than do it on your own, have a discussion with your doc about the risks and benefits of aspirin for you.
If it turns out you don’t need the drug, he can safely help wean you off it and onto a much safer option such as fish oil. Fish oil can thin the blood enough to deliver the heart-saving benefits without facing those same bleeding risks.
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