An Aspirin A Day
Is an aspirin a day better than an apple a day at keeping the doctor away?
According to the US Preventive Services Task Force, an aspirin a day for people in their fifties and sixties may help in the prevention of a first heart attack or stroke. This is so-called primary prevention—in other words: if you’ve never had a heart attack or stroke, this will prevent one. There may also, and I stress may, be the added benefit of preventing colon cancer.
Here’s what you should know if you’re considering the “good for you” aspirin daily routine:
- If you have a high risk of heart attack and a low risk of bleeding, an aspirin a day may just do the trick to keep you healthy.
- An aspirin regimen must be taken seriously to be effective. That means one a day, every single day, of every month, of every year—otherwise it simply won’t work or worse. You may end up getting a nasty side effect like a bleed.
- If you do decide to go on an aspirin regimen and you get a stomach upset, indigestion or dark stool, you should stop taking the aspirin and see your physician.
- An aspirin regimen may not be right for everyone, so checking with your doctor before starting is a must.
So an aspirin a day does keep the doctor away, but when it comes to taste the humble apple wins hands down.