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New research claims aspirin does not prevent heart disease in people with diabetes

New research claims that taking aspirin regularly does not prevent heart disease in people with diabetes.

Researchers from Scotland investigated whether aspirin and antioxidants could reduce heart attacks and death in people with diabetes and arterial disease. They looked at 1,276 people who were randomly given either aspirin or a placebo for a period of eight years.

No benefit found

The scientists from the University of Dundee claim they found no benefit from aspirin or antioxidant treatment in the prevention of heart attacks in people with diabetes.

“People with diabetes are at increased risk of heart disease and around 80 per cent of those with the condition die of cardiovascular disease including strokes and heart attacks," sais Caroline Butler, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

"If people with the condition are taking aspirin to prevent heart disease, Diabetes UK would certainly not recommend they stop doing so without consulting their GP or healthcare professional for advice.

Current recommendations under review

“Diabetes UK currently recommends aspirin treatment for adults with diabetes over the age of 50 and some younger people depending on their risk factors. However this is under review.”

“Diabetes UK recommends that people with diabetes should take regular physical activity, eat a healthy balanced diet low in fat, sugar and salt, and stop smoking to reduce their risk of developing heart disease.”    In people who have already had a heart attack or stroke, or have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, aspirin has been shown to reduce the risk of future incidents by around 25 per cent.

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