Daily aspirin unlikely to help healthy older people live longer, study finds

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People are prescribed aspirin after a heart attack or stroke because the drug thins the blood and reduces the chances of a repeat attack.

"This gives pause and a reason for older people and their physician to think carefully about the decision whether to take low-dose aspirin regularly or not", Hadley says.

The study, involving more than 19,000 people, found that the medicine was linked to a greater risk of serious...

"The increase in cancer deaths in study participants in the aspirin group was surprising, given prior studies suggesting aspirin use improved cancer outcomes", Dr. Leslie Ford, associate director for clinical research in the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Prevention, said.

Its findings could lead to a rethink of global guidelines relating to the use of aspirin to prevent common conditions associated with ageing.

"[The study] has provided this answer".

SUNDAY, Sept. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) - There's disappointing news for seniors: A new trial shows that taking daily low-dose aspirin doesn't prolong healthy, independent living in otherwise healthy people aged 70 and older.

The findings do not apply to people taking aspirin because of a heart attack or stroke - they should continue to follow their doctor's advice.

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Taking aspirin every day may cause pensioners more harm the good, a major new study has concluded.

Details of the trial were published in three papers in the New England Journal of Medicine. There's also a possibility that any colorectal cancer benefit wasn't seen because the subjects had only been followed for about five years. According to the Heart Foundation recommendations as well, people without coronary heart disease do not need to take daily aspirin.

In fact, the group taking aspirin had a slightly increased risk of death - 5.9 percent died compared with 5.2 percent taking a placebo. "But for the people who decide to take aspirin just off their own bat, this research has cast some doubt over whether it is a good idea".

The cancer finding surprised researchers because in other studies, aspirin protected against death from cancer.

There is evidence that aspirin can help to prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with heart problems, and doctors had hoped that the same would be true for the general population. As per recommendations by the Preventive Services Task Force, the individual should have at least a 10 percent risk of suffering a heart attack. "Aspirin is a double-edged sword; it is absolutely essential drug and a lifesaver in patients with established heart disease (or arterial blockages) and many patients with diabetes where risk is high".

"Many people are taking aspirin for important medical reasons", McNeil said.

Research into almost 20,000 older people found those who were generally healthy derived no protective benefit from the blood-thinning pill - but it increased their risk of unsafe bleeds. "Analysis of all the cancer-related data from the trial is under way and until we have additional data, these findings should be interpreted with caution". Sure, it can help your headache, but aspirin can also prevent heart attacks, strokes, maybe even cancer, maybe even dementia.

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