3. The Swiss army pill

The experience of taking a handful of pills for preventive measures might be entering a new era. Doctors are becoming very interested in what is being called the “polypill.” According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the pill could include a combination of things such as “a baby aspirin, a statin to rebalance cholesterol, a drug to control blood pressure and one to lower blood sugar,” and would be encouraged for daily use in people over 50, similar to the use of a multivitamin. Critics suggest people would rely on the pill, therefore creating less healthy lifestyles. Be on the lookout for whether doctors will move toward this simpler type of preventive approach.