Skip to main content

Taking Daily Aspirin May Be Risky for Healthy Older Adults: Study

Medical Team Nurse Talking with Senior Patient

According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, consuming an aspiring every day offers limited benefit for healthy older adults. While aspirin has been touted as having heart attack and cancer risk reduction, its side effects —including ulcers and bleeding—may exceed its health value, particularly for older adults. Adults from Australia and the U.S. more than 19,000 subjects—participated in the study, where half took a placebo pill while the remainder took a 100-mg aspirin each day. After five years of monitoring, researchers found the human subjects to show no difference in disability-free survival between both groups, though the aspirin group showed a higher risk of major bleeding. Read more at the Time Health article.