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

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
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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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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