I’m not sure when “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning” become “Take one every day and don’t bother calling me.”
But I do know this: If you’ve gotten the line about a baby aspirin a day from your doctor, don’t swallow a thing until you know about this latest research.
Imagine if that daily little pill meant you would never see your granddaughter’s smile again – or gaze at another sunset.
This latest research shows us that a daily aspirin could actually steal your sight.
You probably already know the great risk age-related macular degeneration (AMD) poses. AMD causes vision loss and even blindness. And as the name implies, the risk gets worse and worse as we get older.
Obviously, the LAST thing anyone wants to do is increase this terrible risk. But that’s exactly what happens with daily little “helper.”
The really infuriating part is that we first highlighted this risk two years ago, when a previous study showed that those who took a daily low-dose aspirin were TWO TIMES more likely to develop wet age-related macular degeneration.
“Wet” is the advanced form of AMD. And it sharply increases blindness risk.
Even though we’ve known this for two full years, doctors continue to dish out baby aspirin like, well… baby aspirin.
And the evidence keeps piling up – making the warning even more urgent. Not one, but two new studies show how serious this risk is and how close the connection is.
The first study I found looked at about 5,000 subjects ranging in age from 40 to 80. Researchers gave them eye examinations every five years for 20 years. Lo and behold: regular aspirin use was significantly associated with wet AMD.
The second study, was a 15-year Australian study that included more than 2,300 subjects. One of every four regular users developed wet AMD.
These are long-term, large population studies showing a clear and dangerous connection between taking a daily aspirin and potentially going blind!
Would you ever agree to aspirin therapy if your doctors told you it could increase your risk of going BLIND?!
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“Blinding Consequences of Aspirin” Whole Health Insider, 2/28/13, wholehealthinsider.com
“Regular aspirin users at higher risk of sight problems, research suggests” Martin Evans, The Telegraph, 10/3/11, telegraph.co.uk
“Fat influences decisions taken by brain cells for production and survival” Karolinska Institutet press release, 12/23/12, eurekalert.org