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Aspirin May Increase Your Chances Of Going Blind

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One in five people takes aspirin frequently. But a study of 5,000 people in Wisconsin suggests that daily aspirin may increase your risk of what’s called of neovascular age‑related macular degeneration, a cause of blindness linked to aging and smoking.

This type of blindness is relatively uncommon, striking about 1 percent of people middle-aged and older. In the study, those who had used aspirin for more than 10 years about doubled their risk of the condition.

“Aspirin use in the United States is widespread, with an estimated 19.3 percent of adults reporting regular consumption, and reported use increases with age,” according to background information in the study. “The results of cross-sectional studies of aspirin use and its relation to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have been inconsistent. AMD is a potentially blinding condition for which prevalence and incidence are increasing with the increased survival of the population, and regular use of aspirin is common and becoming more widespread in persons in the age range at highest risk for this disease. Therefore, it is imperative to further examine this potential association.”

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