BABY ASPIRIN AND DIABETES

dietcherry
By dietcherry Latest Reply 2012-06-10 23:54:24 -0500
Started 2012-05-31 10:32:37 -0500

Anyone here using baby aspirin on your Doctors recommendation? How much do you take and what benefits have you experienced? My Endo suggested I start a regimen. I dont have an abundance of clotting factor in my blood so Im hesitant to take his advice.


111 replies

Armourer
Armourer 2012-06-07 15:57:31 -0500 Report

I take 325mg Bayer aspirin daily in place of a med I can no longer remember because it is much cheaper. I still blood clot well. Went to doc today for checkup BP was 106/60, best ever.

2012-06-06 13:09:08 -0500 Report

I used to take an 81mg aspirin daily. But then I ran out, and forgot to pick some up. Then I just stopped. That's my story (which is the truth) and I'm sticking to it. (:>

MoeGig
MoeGig 2012-06-06 06:04:19 -0500 Report

I just quit taking a full aspirin each day after many years because I bleed too much. The blood wouldn't clot. Recently have had broken blood vessels on my arm causing red splotches under the skin that easily break open. Currently trying to find a fix for that.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-06-06 16:26:44 -0500 Report

Finally someone who is like me! Thanks Moe—this is why Im hesitant about starting a regular routine cuz I too bleed freely, especially being female. If there is anything else youd like to share about your experience, I am listening !!!

Nana_anna
Nana_anna 2012-06-04 12:59:07 -0500 Report

I do use baby aspirin, as it does lowers my blood pressure. I don't like the taste, but it helps. That's what they gave me both times in the hospital for chest pain to. At home I am able to use it for when my blood pressure is high only.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-06-04 08:00:18 -0500 Report

I have been taking the 81 mg baby aspirin for years now along with 10 mg of lisinopril for hypertension and 40 mg of simvastatin for lipid control. I rarely take aspirin or any other pain meds otherwise (lucky I don't need to).
My blood pressure is normal ( @116/77) and my blood work is generally good. Last total cholesterol was 177. I haven't noticed any adverse effects to any of these meds. Hope you achieve the results you want Renee!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-03 19:32:45 -0500 Report

Yep, take the aspirin daily. Have high blood pressure cause unkown, so drs feel it safer to add it. You can bleed a little longer then usual when on it and have to stop before any procedures can be done.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-06-03 20:47:18 -0500 Report

Thanks red! Ive always avoided using aspirin for pain relief except when there was nothing else available; didnt have problems but concerned that daily use may take its toll on me. I cant use ibuprofen either cuz it makes me bleed too much as well. I can lose alot of blood in a short amount of time :(

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-04 16:31:19 -0500 Report

Oh been there, had an epidural on my back due to injury and because I'm allergic to the dye I get mass amount of benadryl(IV) that it immediately lets me dose while they do their thing, didn't notice the hurried movements untill they were trying to wake me up. They had a hard time stopping it and what should have been a short stay turned out to be an all day event. This was my first epidural and the girl made the mistake of telling me to keep taking the aspirin, usually stop 5-7 days before having procedures done. Won't ever make that mistake again. Your right, even a paper cut looks like a finger was lost, haha

mkhojh99
mkhojh99 2012-06-03 13:08:42 -0500 Report

I take 81mg daily…I have been for years. Both my parents have had massive heart trouble and both have diabetes. At first I started it myself…I do not want to end up with heart trouble. Last year I also had all my teeth removed due to the direct line between bad teeth and heart problems. My doc said it was ok to do the asprin after I took it upon myself to do so…

Gracie40
Gracie40 2012-06-02 18:49:33 -0500 Report

Frankly, I have not read all 50 replies, so I may be repeating something already said. If someone has diabetes, that person has the risk factor of having a heart attack the same as someone who has already had one. The statistics are "we diabetics have a 2 to 4 fold increased risk of dying of heart disease." Aspirin blocks the production of something called thromboxane which causes the platelets to stick together and vessels to constrict. Platelets are the little cells that make blood clot. That is why when we are on aspirin daily, and we must have surgery, or some invasive procedure done where cutting is involved, the Surgeon will tell us to not take the aspirin for a week, so that our blood will clot normally. That is why everyone has to list their medications for a new doctor so that he/she will be aware of what you may be taking.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-06-02 19:41:54 -0500 Report

Actually no you didnt repeat whats already been said! Thanks for all of this and thats exactly why I asked for personal experience with it :)

granniesophie
granniesophie 2012-06-02 10:59:32 -0500 Report

I am on 81 mg also, along with Lipator and 3 blood pressure meds. I get the blood pressure meds, since mine is usually way up there (stress anyone??!!) but since I now have ANOTHER new doctor, I am going to question the aspirin and
Lipator and why I have to be on them. The last doctor said I had to be because I was Diabetic-which, on second look, is really not a good answer!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-06-02 19:42:54 -0500 Report

Sonya, is Lipator a statin?

granniesophie
granniesophie 2012-06-02 19:49:23 -0500 Report

I had to go look it up! Its atovastatin calcium, which, I guess, makes it a statin! I read somewhere on here that stains are an issue, or am I wrong??

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-06-04 05:11:47 -0500 Report

Yep it is a statin. Like most meds, it has its pros and cons. I have taken Lipitor for years with no issues. On the other hand, my wife cannot take a statin without getting severe pain in her leg, and so she stopped.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-06-02 19:52:47 -0500 Report

There were not with me until I started getting crippling cramps. Doc took me off of Crestor and all of the sudden I could control my sugars. Rarely anything about 200. No more 300, 400 and 500. Now if it is elevated i can look at what i ate and maybe get an answer. of course soon my cholestrol will go up. I would rather have it high then my BS.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-06-03 10:05:26 -0500 Report

You know Jim it frustrates me that an approved drug for one condition will complicate/worsen management of another condition. This happens much to frequently!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-06-03 10:17:57 -0500 Report

I was shocked that was the cause of my high and eratic blood sugars. I am in the process of reporting it to the FDA so it can be added to the drugs warning.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-03 19:33:36 -0500 Report

It is frightening how 1 med might work as a bandaid for a problem, but cause a cascade of other issues.
My Mother-in-Law was on many meds to correct what other meds caused.
Sorry you had a problem, but glad you are reporting it to help others out.
Seems I was reaading a study awhile bck that indicated a connenction between lower BG in PWD did help some keep a lower cholesterol.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-03 19:42:14 -0500 Report

Although this isn't what I was reading here is some info from About.com

Link Between Insulin and Cholesterol

Researchers are still figuring out exactly how diabetes changes cholesterol levels at the microscopic cellular level. They do know that high levels of insulin in the blood tend to adversely affect the number of cholesterol particles in the blood. High insulin levels act to raise the amount of LDL cholesterol (the "bad cholesterol") that tends to form plaques in arteries, and lower the number of HDL cholesterol particles ("good cholesterol") that help to clear out dangerous plaques before they break off to cause a heart attack or stroke. Diabetes also tends to cause higher levels of triglycerides, another type of fat circulating in the blood.

Similarly, high cholesterol can also be a predictor of diabetes; elevated cholesterol levels are often seen in people with insulin resistance, even before they have developed full-blown diabetes. When LDL levels start to climb, experts recommend paying close attention to blood sugar control and starting a diet and exercise regimen to help stave off diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This is especially important if you have a family history of heart disease.

For people with Type 1 diabetes, controlling blood sugar can make a big difference. Good blood sugar control is related to near-normal cholesterol levels, similar to those seen in people without diabetes. But people with poorly controlled Type 1 diabetes have increased triglyceride levels and lower HDL levels, which contribute to the development of clogged arteries.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-06-03 20:43:17 -0500 Report

GB this is really good info! I would like to see you post it as a Discussion so it wont get buried in here—people need to see this!!!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-06-02 19:58:45 -0500 Report

There are ways of managing one's Chol. Lvls without the use of statins. I will look for those ways and get back to you Jim.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-06-02 20:00:56 -0500 Report

thanks james, you are a gem, a pearl of great price. I don't care what "they" all say about you behind your computer!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-06-02 22:50:59 -0500 Report

and it is not even my computer! LoL!

I looked up alternatives to statins and found this from eHow here ~ http://www.ehow.com/way_5486541_alternatives-...

and this from web MD here ~ http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/g...

and this from NaturalNews here ~ http://www.naturalnews.com/035653_statin_drug... and here ~ http://www.naturalnews.com/001546_statin_drug... and also here ~ http://www.naturalnews.com/025866_berries_cho...

Hopefully these will help you

techguy87114
techguy87114 2012-06-01 23:01:16 -0500 Report

I take a baby aspirin as well. Have T2 and doc recommended it as part of my regimen.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-06-02 19:13:14 -0500 Report

Do you have a history of heart disease or is it for the potential prevention of?

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-06-01 11:14:38 -0500 Report

Good thinking on your slow clotting. Mine stops before they can get a bandaid on it. Too fast. I take 81mg in the morning. I do not notice any benefits, but then I take other meds that i am not sure of either. I know it is to thin your blood but I don't know if thin/thick blood is related to the clotting factor. Too much aspirin can cause internal bleeding. I have been on 81mg for 4 years with no issue, but if i take 2 regular aspirin I get visible blood in my stools. Oh, BTW, I take mine in the AM so it can begin to thin my blood amd maybe take some of the early morning stiffness away.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-06-02 19:29:41 -0500 Report

Thanks Jim! Slower-clotting blood is not uncommon but there is a little extra concern that accompanies having it.

Fyremarshal
Fyremarshal 2012-06-01 10:02:10 -0500 Report

Yep! I take one 81 mg. every night before bed. I take it late because supposedly your body is "coming down" from a days work. I also take "Chloster-off", and Garlic. It isn't something that I can particularly feel, however my numbers have been really good for my cholesterol and my cardiologist says it's working in my favor.

classof78
classof78 2012-06-02 10:32:52 -0500 Report

Just read something about taking it at night, so I checked at webmd and they said studies showed it was better at night, but if you tend to forget, then regularly in the morning is better than hit and miss at night. I checked another site too. I think it was Harvard but I'm not sure. There are a bunch to choose from.

Fyremarshal
Fyremarshal 2012-06-02 16:17:44 -0500 Report

Yes I heard that at night your body (obviously) isn't as busy as during the day. It's rebuilding cells and the sort. The one aspirin at night supposedly helps the body rebuild quicker because the blood flows easier (thinner) to help the cells. Idk, I'm not an Md.. :-)

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-06-01 10:39:39 -0500 Report

You taught me something—I didnt know its best to take it at night—thanks! Keep up your good work and thanks for sharing your experience with me!

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-06-01 07:21:46 -0500 Report

As far as taking his advice, why is your endo advising you to take aspirin? When I have questioned my docs as to why, they generally explain that they believe the risk of taking the med is less dangerous then the risk of the condition it's intended to help with!!! A good doctor will take your personal health circumstances into consideration, before recommending a med.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-06-01 10:45:29 -0500 Report

Because Im diabetic and aspirin potentially prevents cardiovascular disease.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-06-01 11:58:53 -0500 Report

I know that aspirin can help prevent a heart attack due to cardiovascular disease, but I never heard that it prevents cardiovascular disease. Check out this Link:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/daily-aspiri...

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-06-01 15:40:11 -0500 Report

tou-che! Not sure of the qualifications of the author in your link, but I give up! I already made a decision after much research. Hopefully you will make the right choice!!!

pixsidust
pixsidust 2012-05-31 18:27:52 -0500 Report

Do you take vitamin K which helps with clotting?

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-05-31 19:13:14 -0500 Report

Hey pixsi.Yes I take a Vitamin K supplement daily—I talked about it further down. Thanks for your help.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-06-02 19:41:50 -0500 Report

I just started on VitK for cramps. No, not those cramps, leg cramps. leg cramps during the day when i was walking. Just about crippled me. that is why they took me off Crestor.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2012-06-02 19:47:36 -0500 Report

Really? Im guessing since you just started on it, its probably too soon to tell if its going to help? Please keep us posted!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-06-02 19:57:52 -0500 Report

Really as I was in Lowe's to pick some stuff up and suddenly i got cramps in the rear of my thighs (hamstrings) that made me have to walk in a somewhat sitting position. i had shopping to do (HEY IT IS A 2 HOUR TRIP, I COULDN'T WASTE THAT GAS) so I figured if it was still huring at checkout i would go to the hospital. it was not but I called the doc, he sent me for blood and urine work. what showed up was that my CK level was 1500, normal is 125-150. We concluded that the muscle cramps caused the CK level to shoot up. Usually to go that high it would have been a heart attack, car accident (mass trauma) or brain injury

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