Aspirin

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 or cholesterol problems. 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. Most people take a pill containing a dosage of 81 milligrams and is usually labeled as low-dose aspirin.

  • Last Reviewed: May 13, 2014
  • Last Edited: May 13, 2014

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