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Aspirin-like drug may help diabetics control blood sugar

July 10, 2013
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health


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August 22, 2013

Nice article! I will be looking more into this.

August 5, 2013

This is an interesting prospect, but the number of individuals allergic to salsalates is pretty large. For those looking for an alternative to pharmaceuticals to control diabetes, there is clinical proof of the effectiveness of supplements such as alpha-lipoic acid in increasing insulin sensitivity indices (Zhang 2011). Other products include Konjac glucomannan, ginseng, and nicotinamide as reported by officials from the Natural Standard website, an organization dedicated to providing monographs and compiling clinical evidence for these products’ use.

July 30, 2013

Wonderful news. Someday stem cell will offer the answer to diabetes.

Dr.Ambrose | Health Care Specialist & Dietician |
July 29, 2013

It is mainly used to reduce pain and inflammation caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and related rheumatic conditions. In addition to improving blood sugar control, salsalate lowered counts of white blood cells involved in inflammation.

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July 15, 2013

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Dr. Kevin Lam reviews
July 15, 2013

I absolutely agree with you. Salsalate is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It may work by inhibiting the production of and release of prostaglandins. It is mainly used to reduce pain and inflammation caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and related rheumatic conditions. You can also check Dr. Kevin Lam reviews for ankle arthritis and podiatric medicine.

Vera J
July 14, 2013

I find it interesting the possible correlation of inflammation having an effect in type 2 diabetes.

As for helping in a trial like this, i had never realised volunteers were so needed, however the 3 side effects, sound something to be quite wary of from my point of view, so i admire you having a go and becoming a volunteer!

I’m always looking to learn more so, thanks for the info!

July 11, 2013

having a salicylate sensitivity I go no where near aspirin (salicylic acid) with a ten foot pole. Surely diet is the way to go to treat diabetes (and prevent it also) Cut the carbs which the body will lay down as adipose fat… cutting them reduces the insulin spikes…. Woohoo manage your diabetes without any drugs at all.

Shirley Crider
July 11, 2013

I have mild arthritis and am Type 2 Diabetic–controlled mostly with diet. I have been warned off aspirin because of stroke risk. Does this drug cause blood thinning?

James H. Burkel
July 11, 2013

I take 7.5 mg Warfarin daily. I assume this leaves me out?

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