Aspirin Guidelines for People with Diabetes

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It’s important for everyone to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, but it’s especially true if you have diabetes. If you have diabetes, you are three times more likely than others to experience cardiovascular events. Although the statistic is unsettling, it doesn’t mean it has to be true for you. In fact, there is a lot you can do to reduce your risk for heart disease. One way that may benefit you: taking an aspirin a day.

Benefits and Risks of Aspirin

Aspirin is known for its heart-healthy properties. Experts believe that it reduces your chance for heart attack and stroke. It prevents blood from clotting too much. However, for some, it can cause more harm than good. Despite its heart-related benefits, aspirin can cause gastrointestinal bleeding. It can also cause intracranial bleeding. This can lead to a hemorrhagic stroke.

On top of tracking your diet and blood sugar, regular exercise is a key part of managing your diabetes. And while any exercise is better than none, certain activities have specific benefits for people with diabetes.

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