Asprin Therapy in Diabetes

How Much of Asprin is Good for Diabetes?

Aspirin is a common over-the-counter first aid medicine used to relieve mild aches and pains, inflammation, fever, etc. It is also used by those who have a heart disease induced by diabetes, known to decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Whatever be the case, it must be prescribed by a registered medical practitioner or doctor. If used judiciously in mild doses, this wonder medicine  reduces the chances of heart diseases many fold by bringing down the chances of blood clotting.

Aspirin therapy has shown positive results  in safely reducing the risk of cardio vascular disease (CVD) in people who already have diabetes complications, the same cannot be said about the case for  people without any history of CVD. CVD is a medical term that includes complications like heart disease, stroke/transient ischemic- attack (TIA), and peripheral vascular diseases.

Experts generally recommend when to start the use of aspirin ( about 75-162 mg/day)- to wait till the trouble shows up or to start  earlier - it is alright to start when there’s enough evidence of blood vessel disease, either extra noises in the blood vessels called bruits heard through a stethoscope examination, or evidence of vascular damage.

Aspirin  can be consumed directly dissolved in water or in the mouth. Dissolving in the mouth also reduces chances of side effects like gastrointestinal disorders, stomach ulcers and bleeding.

The American Diabetes Association has given a checklist when to avoid aspirin :

  • when there are bleeding disorders in the retinal area of the eyes or ulcers.
  • when there is interference with clotting in the use of other drugs like Coumadin, heparin and Ticlid.
  • when there is an active stomach or duodenal ulcer disease.
  • when there is an aspirin allergy or gastrointestinal distress.

The flip side of the aspirin therapy is it will make blood sugar monitoring a little bit easier and there could be more bruises at the injection sites of insulin shots.