Drugs to treat type 2 diabetes help lower blood sugar levels. Because most diabetes drugs are not effective enough by themselves or have side effects, people often need to take several drugs to control their blood sugar levels, and scientists are always looking for safer and more effective agents. Salsalate is a drug related to aspirin that has fewer side effects than aspirin. Research has suggested that salsalate reduces blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Before salsalate can be recommended as a drug that people should take for diabetes, the best dose of the drug needs to be determined, as does its safety when taken over a long time.