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‘Aspirin-a-Day Risky in Old Age’ — Major Study

Just when you thought the science was settled when it comes to taking an aspirin a day to keep heart attacks and strokes at bay, a new study has shown that the so-called proven benefits of this practice aren’t so beneficial after all. In fact, there is mounting evidence that the dangers of healthy people taking aspirin every day increase as we get older, BBC reports. Not only did the study show an increased risk for bleeding, but an increased risk of death from cancer. Investigators cautioned that the cancer link needed “further investigation.”

The rumblings against the aspirin-a-day recommendations have been rippling through medical forums for several years now, ever since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reversed its position on taking a daily aspirin if you’ve never had a heart attack. Since then, several studies have backed up the FDA, showing that low-dose aspirin is not as safe or protective as once thought.

The truth is aspirin can lead to serious medical problems such as the gastrointestinal bleeding mentioned in the featured article, as well as intracranial bleeds, kidney failure and blindness, to name a few. What you really need to know is that aspirin may both lower or raise your risk of a heart attack, depending on your situation.

Since inflammation is a major cause of heart disease (and many other chronic diseases), the safer, more effective approach to protecting yourself from heart disease would be through diet, exercise, sun exposure and grounding yourself to the Earth. With diet, it’s extremely important to control your insulin levels, as they can contribute to chronic inflammation.

Avoiding processed foods, which are high in inflammatory ingredients such as refined sugars and processed fats like trans fats and vegetable oils, and getting regular movement and exercise are two of the most potent ways to help normalize your insulin levels and avoid insulin resistance.