Not everyone with diabetes needs to be on aspirin therapy. The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association both recommend that people with diabetes take a low-dose aspirin (81mg) only under certain circumstances: If you're a diabetic man over the age of 50 or a diabetic woman over 60 and you have one additional cardiovascular risk factor (such as high blood pressure, obesity or high cholesterol) that increases your risk of a heart attack—and only if your doctor prescribes it.

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Getting the Right Aspirin Dosage

To ensure you get the proper amount, it's best to buy low-dose aspirin rather than breaking up regular-strength aspirins yourself, and it's important to remember that only low-dose aspirin is recommended to prevent the blood clots that can lead to arterial blockage.

Source: Joyce A. Generali, M.S. FASHP, R.Ph., director of the University of Kansas Drug Information Center and the author of The Pharmacy Technician’s Pocket Drug Reference.; From our sister publication, Diabetes Focus, Spring 2011

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Published: 26 Apr 2011

Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015