The above is the headline of a story from Northwestohio.com, the online presence of WNWO TV, published on December 19, 2012. This news story was one of many reporting on a study released in the December 19, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study showed that the daily use of aspirin over a ten year period can cause an increased rate of Age-related Macular Degeneration AMD which can lead to blindness. Numerous other studies have shown daily aspirin use linked to a number of problems including intestinal bleeding, and other bleeding issues.
A Star-Tribune article earlier this year on June 5, 2012 started off by warning, “Unless you’re at high risk for cardiovascular disease, you probably shouldn’t take a low-dose aspirin every day, a new study suggests. Researchers report that daily low-dose aspirin use may significantly increase the chance of major gastrointestinal or cerebral bleeding.”
The current study showed that daily aspirin usage for a ten year period could double the risk of blindness from AMD. Lead author Barbara E. K. Klein, MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health commented in an article covering the study by saying, “There are a lot of people taking aspirin for cardioprotection.” She continued, “Heart attacks have a high risk of death, so the question is: is it worth the possible increase in [risk for] age-related macular degeneration, compared to the risk of getting a heart attack?”
In their conclusion, the authors of the study wrote, “Our findings are consistent with a small but statistically significant association between regular aspirin use and incidence of neovascular AMD. Additional replication is required to confirm our observations.”