Studies suggest that taking a low-dose aspirin every day may lower the risk of heart attacks for some people with diabetes. Usually, men over 50 and women over 60 years old with other risk factors such as high blood pressure. It may also help people with diabetes who have had a heart attack or a stroke, or who have heart disease.
Exactly why aspirin works is not completely understood, but it may be because it helps keep red blood cells from clumping together. These cells seem to clump together more readily in people with diabetes. When blood cells clump, a blood clot can form and narrow or block a blood vessel. This can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Taking a daily low-dose aspirin is not safe for everyone — it's best to ask your health care provider whether you should take aspirin. Your health care provider can suggest the lowest possible dosage for you. Most people take a pill containing a dosage between 75 and 162 milligrams. The low-dose version may be labeled "baby aspirin."
Last Reviewed: August 18, 2013
Last Edited: August 12, 2013
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