Women with type 2 diabetes are less likely to be prescribed statins than men – despite a condition that increases the risk to their heart
- In patients with type 2 diabetes, heart problems are 40 percent more common
- Studies show that women have a similar risk of heart disease and strokes as men
- New studies show, however, that the likelihood of statins being prescribed is 16 percent lower
A study shows that women with type 2 diabetes are less likely to get statins prescribed.
People who suffer from type 2 diabetes are 40 percent more likely than people without the condition to die from a serious cardiac event.
However, statins used to prevent a heart attack or stroke are more easily administered by men, as are blood pressure pills that reduce the risk of heart disease.
Women with type 2 diabetes are at similar risk for heart disease and strokes in men, but a new study shows that they are 16% less likely to get statins prescribed by their family doctor
In a study of more than 450,000 people in England, it was found that women with type 2 diabetes received 16 percent less statins than men. It was 26 percent less likely that ACE inhibitors were prescribed to lower their blood pressure.
This may be because heart disease is often considered a "male disease" that men are more at risk than women.
The latest findings, however, show that women with diabetes have a similar additional risk of heart disease and strokes in men.
Dr. Martin Rutter of Manchester University, lead author of the study, said heart disease is often seen as a male problem because men come to their doctor more often with chest pain
Dr. Martin Rutter of Manchester University, lead author of the study, said: "Heart disease is often seen as a male problem because men more often come to their doctor with chest pain, while women have more subtle symptoms such as shortness of breath that may be missed.
"This may be the reason why doctors are less concerned about the risk of cardiovascular disease in women, but the diabetes guidelines clearly show that they should be offered the same medicines.
"Now more research is needed to understand the reasons for these differences and to find ways to fill the gap."
People with type 2 diabetes are at much higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events, as their high blood sugar damages important blood vessels that can lead to the heart.
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However, women with type 2 diabetes are more likely to be obese, have high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, all of which increase their risk. Despite the frequent consideration of doctors, the men lack important medications.
The "prescribing requirement" could not be explained by the fact that doctors were not ready to administer pre-menopausal women who were under pressure to administer blood pressure pills and statins.
Experts say doctors simply need more training to ensure that women receive the same preventive drugs as men.
The study, published in the journal Circulation, compared nearly 80,000 people with type 2 diabetes between 2006 and 2013.
Dr. Elizabeth Robertson, director of research for Diabetes UK, 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 ensure that everyone with type 2 diabetes receives the best treatment and treatment to minimize the risk of life-threatening cardiovascular complications, such as heart attack or stroke. & # 39;