How is low-dose aspirin used to treat people with diabetes?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Some people with diabetes can benefit from taking low dose aspirin (75 to 162 mg a day). This includes people with cardiovascular disease or a higher risk of it. The risk is higher in people over age 50 with diabetes and at least 1 other major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Major risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, too much protein in the urine, smoking, or a family history of cardiovascular disease.

Aspirin is not recommended for men or women under age 50 who have no other major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. 

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