Regular aspirin use lowers your risk of fractures and osteoporosis. A just published Australian meta-analysis of 12 studies reviewed data from more than half million persons.
The analysis revealed a 17% lower risk of fracture at any site, long bones and spine, for those taking aspirin. Aspirin users enjoyed higher bone mineral densities in their hips as well as in their lumbar spines. The effect seemed independent of aspirin dosage though most were likely on low dose regimens.
Aspirin works this magic through its anti-inflammatory powers. The investigators stop short of recommending a low dose regimen for osteoporosis prophylaxis, but, if your doctor agrees you can take it, it can’t hurt.
Barker AL, Soh S, Sanders KM, et al Aspirin and fracture risk: a systematic review and exploratory meta-analysis of observational studies BMJ Open 2020;10:e026876. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026876
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