Some people prefer shorter lives to taking daily pills
Taking medication every day to prevent heart disease might seem like a no-brainer, but some people would rather live a shorter life than have to take daily pills, according to a study done at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Medicine.
Researchers asked 1,000 participants, average age 50, how much time they would be willing to subtract from their lives to avoid taking free daily medication with no side effects for heart disease. Researchers also asked how much money they would be willing to pay to forego daily medication. Among the participants, 79 percent took at least one pill daily, 59 percent were women and 63 percent were white. Almost a third of the people did not have college degrees, and almost a half of their incomes were between $25,000 and $75,000.
The findings showed that more than 8 percent of people said they were willing to sacrifice two years of their life, while 21 percent said they were willing to lose between one week and one year to avoid taking daily medications. Also, 21 percent of the study participants would pay $1,000 or more to avoid taking a daily pill.
The study, which was funded by the National Cancer Institute, reflects what a lot of doctors already know: A lot of people really don't like taking pills every day.