Aspirin may reduce risk of fracture

Low-dose aspirin has been used as a blood thinning medicine for many years, helping prevent heart attack and stroke in people at high risk. Its benefits may extend further still as experts reveal that aspirin may preserve bone mineral density and reduce fracture risk.

A review and analysis of studies published in BMJ Open found that aspirin use was associated with a 17% lower risk for any fracture. Aspirin was associated with a higher total hip and lower spine bone mineral density for women and men (although these associations were not significant).

“While the benefits of reduced fracture risk and higher bone mineral density from aspirin use may be modest for individuals, if confirmed in prospective controlled trials, they may confer a large population benefit given the common use of aspirin in older people.”

Remember that aspirin isn’t suitable for everybody so speak to a GP before taking it.

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