Taking aspirin twice a day may help protect people with type 2 diabetes from suffering a heart attack or stroke, new research reveals.
When taken the recommended once a day, patients suffer an increased risk of blood clotting between doses, a study found. Blood clots can lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as heart attacks and stroke.
Researchers advise patients have the drug twice over 24 hours to reduce their likelihood of suffering 'clumps' between administrations.
Study author Dr Liv Vernstroem from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, said: 'Given that platelets in people with diabetes are characterised by increased aggregation and increased turnover rates, our study indicates that patients with type 2 diabetes may achieve additional benefit from twice daily rather than once daily dosing of aspirin.'
CVD is the leading cause of illness and death in people with type 2 diabetes.
Taking aspirin twice a day may help protect people with type 2 diabetes from a heart attack
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