If five people with diabetes read this article, chances are good that four of them will not be taking low dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks, even though it has been shown, conclusively, to do this. Aspirin makes the blood less apt to clot and cause a blockage of the arteries of the heart.
Just about every diabetic is a candidate for aspirin treatment. Diabetics benefit more than those who do not have the disease because having diabetes puts you at risk of a heart attack.
You should take between 81 and 325 milligrams daily unless you have one of the following conditions:
- Bleeding tendency
- Already on another drug that prevents clotting like heparin or coumadin
- Allergy to aspirin
- Active stomach or duodenal ulcer disease