Medical experts have changed their minds, and no longer recommend that male patients with diabetes under 50 and female patients with diabetes under 60 take low-dose aspirin to guard against heart attack, if they have no other risk factors. It is now believed that these two groups of patients with diabetes should not take low-dose aspirin because it could raise risk factors for them. Possible risk factors are stomach bleeding and bleeding strokes.
This change has been endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation. This information was published 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."