Hers and His: Aspirin

Our physiology varies, and what lies in our genetics makes some medical advice better than other medical advice. No where has that been more true than with aspirin as a prevention strategy. The risk of stoke goes up with menopause, women have fewer strokes prior to menopause than men, after menopause they have more. 

According to the study Risk of stroke in women may come down to a compound the body produces from estrogen known as 2-methoxyestradiol (2-ME).  The 2-ME theory shows how that compound preserves the brain after strokes, although over activity of the compound can be an issue too. Furthermore, the compound's therapeutic potential may extend beyond treating stroke in women to healing brain injuries in men, a new study in the American Journal of Physiology Endocrinology and Metabolism reports.
Women and men differ in their aspirin benefits, but both could potentially benefit making that hers and his aspirin bottle worth sharing (after personal consultation) after all. The newest data shows that breast cancer patients who take aspirin have fewer recurrences, although it may be the best in overweight breast cancer patients. Although there are lots of things that prevent breast cancer and you have to take advice in context of other recommendations. And we know that women can get lower ovarian cancer if they take aspirin. colon. The story on heart attack and stroke prevention still favors aspirin for men and not necessarily for women. These recommendations are also well studied based on your genetics and what your body does to metabolize aspirin. The both could benefit from aspirin as colon cancer protection. And as for the original indications for aspirin: headaches, pains, and fevers: well men and women both get those as well!

 

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