For years now I have taken a low dose of aspirin in hopes of reducing the chance of a heart attack or stroke. It seemed like a safe bet. It appears that there may be a new downside. Add to the possibility of ulcers the possibility of hearing loss. According to this WSJ article The Danger of Daily Aspirin:
“Medical experts say some people who are taking aspirin on a regular basis should think about stopping. Public-health officials are scaling back official recommendations for the painkiller to target a narrower group of patients who are at risk of a heart attack or stroke. The concern is that aspirin's side effects, which can include bleeding ulcers, might outweigh the potential benefits when taken by many healthy or older people”.
From another article, Regular analgesic use increases hearing loss in men:
For aspirin, regular users under 50 and those aged 50-59 years were 33% more likely to have hearing loss than were non-regular users, but there was no association among men aged 60 years and older.
Even mild hearing loss can compromise the ability to understand speech in the presence of background noise or multiple speakers, leading to social isolation, depression, and poorer quality of life.
Ulcers, social isolation, depression, and poorer quality of life versus a heart attack or a stoke – not much of a tradeoff. If only we could take a pill and live a healthy life. There is another option. A little exercise and a balanced diet can go a long way to decreasing the chances of heart attack, stroke, depression and even ulcers (exercise quickens GI time).
As you become stronger you will find you will be able to engage in more activities, and this will further enhance your health. It all starts with strength. Make modest dietary changes and exercise with the aim of improving a just little each week and over time you will feel years younger and be healthier. High intensity interval training is the type of personal training we do at Austin Fitness Training and at New Orleans Ultimate Fitness.