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article imageStudy: ASA a Day Can Keep Diabetes Away

By Bob Ewing     Apr 29, 2008 in Health
A recent study conducted in Spain concludes taking acetylsalicylic acid and acetylsalicylic acid-like compounds called salicylates can help obese people produce insulin, and thus fight diabetes.
A recent study shows that if people who are obese take acetylsalicylic acid and acetylsalicylic acid-like compounds which are called salicylates this enables them to produce insulin and potentially stave off diabetes.
Earlier studies, according to the CBC story, show that acetylsalicylic acid can decrease blood sugar in diabetics.
This new research which was carried out by Spanish researchers has found that healthy obese people who take acetylsalicylic acid actually increase their levels of insulin. This reduces the chance of developing insulin resistance.
The research team examined the effects of triflusal, a salicylate, on 28 participants with an average age of 48. The men and women were all obese, with an average body mass index of 33.9.
A 600 milligram dose of triflusal, a 900 milligram dose or a placebo were administered to groups of the participants. The team found that the higher the dose of salicylate, the lower the level of blood sugar and the higher the level of insulin in the participants' bloodstreams.
Insulin sensitivity did not change.
"Aspirin therapy has been recognized to improve glucose tolerance and to reduce insulin requirements in diabetic subjects," said Jose-Manuel Fernandez-Real, lead author of the study, in a release. "To our knowledge, this is the first study to show that salicylates lowered serum glucose in non-diabetic obese subjects."
The study results could lead to new treatment options for diabetics. “These findings highlight the importance of further research on the possible therapeutic benefit of aspirin in the fight against Type 2 diabetes.”
The study is going to be published in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
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