2 New Reasons to Avoid NSAIDs Like the Plague
Many Americans rely on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Celebrex or Naprosyn, for pain relief, despite the long list of dangers associated with taking them long-term. Thanks to two new studies, we can add new risks to the list.
NSAIDs May Double Risk of Dying From Heart Disease
We already knew that taking NSAIDs could increase anyone’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke.1 This new study shows that people who already have heart problems are particularly vulnerable.2
Researchers at the University of Florida analyzed nearly three years of data from more than 20,000 people with high blood pressure and heart disease, dividing them into two groups — those who took NSAIDs frequently and those who didn’t.
Those who used a lot of NSAIDs had a:
- 47% higher risk of having a non-fatal heart attack, a non-fatal stroke, or of dying.
- 66% higher risk of having a heart attack.
- 90% higher risk of dying from any cause.
- 126% higher risk of dying from heart disease.
“Alternative modes of pain relief should be considered (for patients with high blood pressure and heart disease),” concluded the researchers.
The good news is that those safe and natural “alternative modes” that the researchers were referring to definitely exist!
NSAIDs May Increase Risk of Kidney Cancer
NSAIDs aren’t only bad for your circulatory system. A new study shows they might also cause cancer!3
In a scientific paper presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, researchers from Harvard Medical School analyzed 18 studies on the use of high-dose acetaminophen, high-dose aspirin, and non-aspirin NSAIDs for pain relief.
They found that acetaminophen use was linked to an 86% higher risk of kidney cancer, aspirin use to a 22% higher risk, and non-aspirin NSAIDs to a 56% higher risk.
There are about 60,000 new cases of kidney cancer in the U.S. each year. You have to wonder how many there would be if fewer people relied on NSAIDs, and used natural remedies for pain relief instead. My guess is a lot less!
1“Cardiovascular safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: network meta-analysis,” BMJ 2011; 342 doi: 10.1136/bmj.c7086 (Published 11 January 2011)
2“Harmful Effects of NSAIDs among Patients with Hypertension and Coronary Artery Disease,” Bavry AA, Kahliq A, Gong Y, et al. The American Journal of Medicine, 2011, 124, 614-620.
3“Analgesics use increases the risk of renal cell carcinoma (RCC): Results from a large up-to-date meta-analysis,” Choueiri TK, et al. AACR-FCPR 2011. Abstract B87
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