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"Should Aspirin Be Included In your Diabetes Treatment Plan?" - Stephanie Bucklin

  • Everyday Health
  • New York, NY
  • (November 15, 2017)

When you think about common aspirin uses, you likely think of the drug as falling in line with ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and other common over-the-counter medications for pain relief. But that isn’t the only potential benefit of aspirin. “Aspirin has been used in many different treatments for a variety of medical issues,” said Deena Adimoolam, MD, assistant professor of medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “But predominantly, it’s mainly for diseases related to heart disease.” She added that you might also consider taking aspirin if you have a history of strokes. If you’re managing type 2 diabetes, aspirin might be helpful for warding off future health complications. The main benefit of aspirin for people with type 2 diabetes relates to the drug’s potential effect on cardiac health. If you have diabetes and are looking to prevent heart disease, you may not benefit from taking aspirin daily. But if you have diabetes and are looking to manage heart disease due to a personal history of the ailment, taking aspirin may help boost your heart health and prevent heart disease from progressing.

- Deena Adimoolam, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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