Aspirin May Reduce Breast Cancer Risks For Women With Diabetes

Diabetes carries an increased risk of breast cancer, but a new study has found that this risk can be reduced significantly by using low-dose aspirin long-term. A Taiwanese research team published their results in the Journal of Women's Health.

The team retrieved data from the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan and identified 148,739 women diagnosed with diabetes. They followed on those women's records for 14 years, comparing those taking low-dose aspirin against those who did not.

Those diabetic women who were taking 75 to 165 milligrams of aspirin daily were at an 18 percent lower risk of breast cancer.

Higher doses of aspiring also reduced breast cancer risk, by up to 47 percent. But the link between higher doses and the lower dose were not readily identified, and the research team believes that more research should be done to find out the median dosage of aspirin for maximum benefit.

The mechanism that determines why diabetes increases the risk of breast cancer is unknown, but the prevailing theory is that changes in the body from diabetes (increased inflammation, high blood glucose) are to blame. This may explain why aspirin, which lowers inflammation when taken over time, may reduce that increased risk.

Source: MedicalNewsToday.com

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