Women with type 2 diabetes are LESS probably prescribed statins than men, despite conditions that increase the risk to their hearts
- Patients with type 2 diabetes are 40% more likely to suffer from heart problems
- Research shows that women have a similar risk of heart disease and stroke in men
- But the new study shows that they are 16% less likely to be prescribed statins
Women with type 2 diabetes are less likely than men to prescribe statins, according to a study.
People who have type 2 diabetes are 40% more likely than those without the condition to die from a major cardiac event.
But statins used to prevent a heart attack or stroke are more readily given to men, as are blood pressure pills that reduce the risk of heart disease.
Women with type 2 diabetes have a similar risk of heart disease and stroke for men, but a new study shows that their primary care physician is less than 16% less likely to prescribe statins
A study of more than 450,000 people in England found that women with type 2 diabetes were 16% less likely than men to receive statins. They were 26% less likely to be prescribed ACE inhibitors to lower blood pressure.
This may be due to the fact that heart disease is often seen as a "male disease" that threatens men more than women.
But the latest evidence shows that women with diabetes have a similar additional risk of heart disease and stroke to men.
Dr. Martin Rutter of Manchester University, the senior author of the study, said that heart disease is often seen as a male problem because men present themselves more often to their doctor with chest pains.
The dott. Martin Rutter of Manchester University, senior author of the study, said: "Heart disease is often seen as a male problem because men present themselves more often to their doctor with chest pains, while women have more subtle symptoms such as lack of breath that can be lost.
& # 39; This could be the reason why doctors are less attentive to the risk of cardiovascular disease in women, but diabetes guidelines clearly show that the same drugs should be offered.
"More research is now needed to understand the reasons for these prescription differences and find ways to bridge the gap."
People with type 2 diabetes have a much greater risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular events because their high blood sugar damages important blood vessels that lead to the heart.
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The results of the study, conducted by the George Institute for Global Health at Oxford and funded by a pharmaceutical company, are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
But women with type 2 diabetes are more likely to be obese, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which all increase the risks. Yet they are losing vital drugs, although they generally see doctors more than men.
The "prejudice of the prescription" cannot be explained by the fact that doctors are not willing to give blood pressure pills and statins to pre-menopausal women, which can harm their unborn child if they become pregnant while taking them.
Experts say that doctors may simply need more training to make sure women receive the same preventative medications as men.
The study, published in the journal Circulation, compared nearly 80,000 people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between 2006 and 2013.
Dr. Elizabeth Robertson, Diabetes UK research director, said: "These new findings suggest that the outlook for women with type 2 diabetes is better than previously thought, thanks to improved care. However, we must make sure that all those who suffer from type 2 diabetes get the best treatments and treatments, to reduce as much as possible the risk of potentially lethal cardiovascular complications such as heart attack or stroke. "
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