Diabetic men younger than 50 and diabetic women younger than 60 who have no other risk factors should probably not use low-dose aspirin as a heart attack preventative, according to new guidance from medical experts.
A panel endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation published the revised recommendations in the journal Diabetes Care.
Diabetics are at two to four times increased risk for heart problems compared with people without diabetes. Many doctors advise their diabetic patients to take daily low-dose aspirin to fight the risk for heart problems. But the revised recommendations urge more conservative use of low-dose aspirin, especially for younger diabetics. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is still recommending aspirin use for older adults who are not diabetics – ages 45-79 for men, 55-79 for women – and who have other risk factors.