The Pros and Cons of Taking Aspirin
Can the common aspirin (or other NSAIDs) really be wonder drugs? Several impressive studies point to evidence they can prevent a variety of serious health problems. On the other hand, some experts warn of potentially life threatening side effects. Whether or not you should take it can be a complex decision. But here’s up-to-date information for you to consider. And be sure to speak with your doctor before making a choice.
LOWER INCIDENCE OF SOME CANCERS: Two different studies show a daily dose of aspirin can help to prevent both colorectal cancer and cancer of the esophagus by influencing tERS:he enzymes that control inflammation. Taking one aspirin a week may also help protect against breast cancer.
REDUCES THE RISK OF NONCANCEROUS POLYPS: Although aspirin may lower the risk of developing noncancerous polyps in the colon, it’s not clear if taking it can result in a lower risk for cancerous polyps or not.
PREVENT CATARACTS: Researchers are in the process of studying whether one 325-milligram aspirin tablet, taken every other day, can help protect against cataract formation or slow the progression of cataracts.
WARD OFF ALZHEIMER’S: Some studies have associated a connection between a reduced risk for Alzheimer's disease and NSAIDs. The link between NSAIDs and a lower Alzheimer's risk was made when researchers noted people who take NSAIDs for chronic conditions such as arthritis or other immune disorders have lower rates of Alzheimer's disease. More studies are needed before coming to a conclusion.