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Aspirin lowers diabetes risk

I have read many studies that highlight aspirin’s positive effect on the heart and cardiovascular system. Only back in February, I reviewed a study for My Blood Pressure which showed aspirin can lower diastolic blood pressure.

So, I was glad to read a new study that shows a link between aspirin use and a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The aspirin and diabetes study

Japanese researchers analyzed data from the Physician’s Health Study, which follows 22,071 healthy male physicians. The study has followed the men for a 22 year period.

Many aspects of their health have been tracked over the study including; history of diabetes, aspirin use and lifestyle factors. The physicians are assessed when they enter the study, and then once a year after that. During the study 1719 cases of diabetes were reported.

The aspirin study results

The men who took aspirin were 14% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared with those men who did not take any aspirin. The researchers found the link regardless of the men’s age, BMI, smoking history or hypertension history.

The amount of aspirin taken to achieve the results was from taking approximately 325 mg of aspirin every second day.

However, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) did not show a decreased risk of developing diabetes.

What the researchers said …

The researchers wrote in conclusion, “Decreased risk of type 2 diabetes may be added to the list of the clinical benefits of aspirin.”

The study was published in The American Journal of Medicine, if you would like to read more about the research.

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3 Responses to “Aspirin use lowers diabetes risk.”

  1. Alan says:

    So does this mean that if I take aspirin each day it will assist to lower my glucose levels ?

  2. John S. says:

    I would not recommend taking aspirin as it increases the risk for a cerebrovascular bleeding event. It also has no impact on adult onset diabetes.

  3. Murat says:


    Harmful to use of aspirin for healthy people.

    A recent study which published in Journal of published in “Archives of Internal Medicine”,emphasized the harmful effects of aspirin.

    Aspirin increase the chance of internal bleeding, including bleeds on the brain.

    They said that while there was a 20% reduction in non-fatal heart attacks in people taking aspirin, there was no reduction in deaths from heart attack, stroke or cancer. The risk of potentially life threatening internal bleeding increased by 30%. (Source: Routine aspirin ‘may cause harm’- By James Gallagher Health reporter, BBC News- )

    People without symptomatic cardiovascular disease should not use aspirin.


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