Aspirin risk might outweigh diabetes benefits

Thu, 05 Nov 2009
According to a UK report published in Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, taking an aspirin every day if you never had a heart attack leads to risks that outweigh the benefits. The current doctrine indicates that people with diabetes could help to prevent heart attacks by taking a low-dose aspirin every day.

The American Diabetes Association currently recommends low-dose aspirin for primary heart attack prevention amongst people with diabetes who face cardiovascular disease risks. However, this advice will soon be changed. Some 50 million Americans take a low-dose aspirin to prevent cardiovascular problems.

The vice president of clinical affairs for the ADA, Dr. Kirkman, reportedly commented: "Because of some recent studies suggesting that the benefit is not very large, and because aspirin can also have risks (intestinal bleeding or hemorrhagic stroke), the January 2010 recommendations will recommend it mostly for higher-risk people than was the case in the past, when it was recommended for people with more moderate levels of risk and above."
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