Most people assume that since aspirin is one of the most used drugs in the world, it is perfectly safe. Everyone from their family doctor and cardiologist to the news media have told them that this tiny pill is the best way to prevent heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and strokes.
I’ve seemed to be one of the lone voices warning about its dangers. Not anymore.
Researchers at the University of Sydney analyzed the medical records of 2,389 patients spanning a 15-year period. They compared regular aspirin use to the development of neovasular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in Americans over the age of 60.
Out of the 2,389 patients, 257 (10.8 percent) used aspirin on a regular basis (once or more a week). Among the regular aspirin users, the incidence of AMD was 1.9 percent at five years, 7 percent at 10 years, and 9.3 percent at 15 years.
Among the non-regular aspirin users, the incidence of AMD at five years was only 0.8 percent, 1.6 percent at 10 years, and 3.7 percent at 15 years.
This isn’t the first and only study to link AMD and aspirin use. I’ve reported on many smaller studies in the past. For some reason, though, this one seems to be getting a little more attention. The more attention it gets, the better. Thousands of people in this country are going permanently blind due to regular aspirin use and no one seems to be the least bit concerned about it.
If you’re on a daily aspirin regimen and you don’t want to stop, then at least make an appointment with an eye doctor to get your eyes checked, and continue to do so on a very regular basis. But my recommendation is to stop aspirin use and try some of the safer, more natural heart-protective supplements on the market.