Benefits of Aspirin

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The Benefits of Aspirin: We commonly know aspirin as a source to help reduce risk of future heart attack or stroke and curb vascular disease, but what many don't know of are of current research and results being undertaken by medical labs across the globe. Aspirin may be our friend in more ways that we thought...

  • Middle-aged men taking aspirin daily has a 40 percent reduction in heart attacks and a 32 percent reduction in all cardiac events.
  • Aspirin reduces fever, relieves pain and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Effective for joint, back and neurological pain.
  • Aspirin is shown to reduce the risk of stroke and peripheral vascular disease as well as help treat high blood pressure.
  • Researchers reported that people taking a baby aspirin daily reduced their risk of precancerous polyps of the colon by 19 percent. The anti-inflammatory effects of aspirin are believed to prevent damage to the lining cells of the colon, reducing cell abnormalities that can lead to polyps and cancer.
  • Taking 81 milligrams of (baby) aspirin daily reduced the risk of colon cancer by 24 percent and the risk of death from the cancer by 35 percent.
  • There is suggestive evidence that aspirin may decrease the risk of breast cancer. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in February 2012, a study reported that taking aspirin regularly decreased recurrence or death from breast cancer by 50 percent in women with the disease.
  • "Salicylate", the active ingredient in aspirin, directly increases the activity of the protein AMPK (AMP-activated protein kinase). AMPK production is critical for diabetics. Salicylate may prevent Type 2 diabetes.
  • Salicylate increases fat burning and reduces liver fat. This is beneficial to help reduce obesity.
  • Baby aspirin (chewable) is more readily absorbed that regular aspirin. Coated aspirin is safer than un-coated aspirin.
  • For reasons that are not clear, women do not benefit from aspirin as much as men. The drug does not reduce the risk of heart attacks and only decreases the risk of stroke in women over 65.
  • The reduction in cancer risk appears to occur in men and women equally. Despite the somewhat disappointing evidence that aspirin does not reduce heart attacks in women, the benefits beyond the age of 65 and the potential reduction of two of the most common cancers makes it prudent that after age 50, everyone should take a baby aspirin daily.

How can aspirin help prevent a heart attack?

Aspirin interferes with your blood's clotting action. When you bleed, your blood's clotting cells, called platelets, build up at the site of your wound. The platelets help form a plug that seals the opening in your blood vessel to stop bleeding.

But this clotting can also happen within the vessels that supply your heart with blood.

If your blood vessels are already narrowed from atherosclerosis - the buildup of fatty deposits in your arteries - a fatty deposit in your vessel lining can burst. Then, a blood clot can quickly form and block the artery. This prevents blood flow to the heart and causes a heart attack. Aspirin therapy reduces the clumping action of platelets - possibly preventing a heart attack.

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