Aspirin related bruising; hydrating with milk or water

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February 27th, 2020
An outstretched hand holds a pill over a wooden table. Left of the hand, on the table, is a green plant. On the right is a glass of water.

If taking aspirin daily is causing bruising, should you stop taking it?

Q: I take aspirin daily for my heart and am noticing more bruises on my body. Should I stop taking it?

A: Low-dose aspirin is usually prescribed for the prevention of heart attacks or strokes. It works as an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, so it can make you more susceptible to bruising if you bump into something or have minor trauma somewhere on your body. A little bit of bruising doesn’t typically signal a problem, but if you have noticed an increase, especially in areas that have not been subjected to trauma, call your doctor. Bruising in and of itself may not seem serious, but aspirin may also make you more susceptible to internal bleeding, especially if you are taking other medications. 


Q: Does milk keep you hydrated longer than water?

A: In a widely publicized British study, researchers developed a beverage hydration index by testing how long certain beverages stayed in the system. They tested water, milk, orange juice, sports drinks, and some other beverages on 72 males in their mid-20s. They found that sports drinks, milk (fat-free and whole), and orange juice tended to stay in the body a little longer than water. The thinking behind these findings is that drinks that contain nutrients tend to empty more slowly from the stomach, and, thus, the fluid portion is processed more slowly in the kidneys than plain water tends to be. Before you make a beverage choice, however, talk to your doctor. Milk contains sodium, and orange juice is high in potassium. Sports drinks contain sodium and potassium as well. People with certain medical conditions—especially kidney disease and heart disease—need to be careful about how much sodium and potassium they ingest. 

Health and wellness experts practice exclusively at Erickson Living-managed communities all over the U.S. Dr. Jeffreys received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., and his master’s degree in psychology and neuropsychopharmacology from American University in Washington, D.C. He received his degree in osteopathic medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., where he also completed an internship in internal medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore, Md. Jeffreys is board-certified in internal medicine and joined Oak Crest in August 2007.