A government task force says that having a daily low-dose of aspirin could help certain people in their 50s and 60s prevent a first heart attack or stroke; and they might get some protection from colon cancer at the same time, reported Huffington Post.
But there are some side effects. The U.S Preventive Services Task Force issued draft guidelines 10/13/15 recommending aspirin only if people meet a strict list of criteria – including a high risk of heart disease and a low risk of bleeding side effects, reported U.S. Associated Press.
“The potential benefits of aspirin therapy works the best for people between 50 to 59 years of age. As people age the risk of taking aspirin increase ;and people in their 60’s may not live long enough to derive the colon cancer benefit, and the effects take five to ten years to accrue,” stated Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a professor of medicine at University of California San Francisco and Vice Chair of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, which issued the recommendation, reported The New York Times.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of global death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year; but the number is only expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by the year, “ according to the American Heart/Stroke Associations. From research doctors have found that if individuals take aspirin regularly, as directed by a doctor, an aspirin can lower their risk of a second heart attack by up to 30%, reported I Am ProHeart.