Here is the latest finding on taking low-dose aspirin as a preventive measure. A U.S.-backed panel of independent medical experts updated its guidelines, narrowing the age-range where daily Aspirin is recommended. According to The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, people between the ages of 50 and 59 years at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke should take daily low-dose Aspirin. The panel also said people in their 60’s can follow this regimen, though they won’t benefit as much. However, they would not recommend it for anyone under 50 or over 70.
In addition to preventing heart attacks and strokes, the panel says daily Aspirin may also reduce the risk of colon cancer if it is taken for at least 10 years. But the task force is not recommending that aspirin be used solely to prevent that disease. The bottom line is that even at low doses, aspirin can cause gastrointestinal bleeding and other potential health problems, so everyone should talk to their doctor before starting to take it.