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Statins, guidelines, GPs (from the Guardian)

Discussion in 'Diabetes Medication and Drugs' started by LittleGreyCat, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    First the link:
    https://www.theguardian.com/society...ver-75-eligible-for-statins-analysis-suggests
    which suggests that under new guidelines almost ever male over 60 fits the criteria to be prescribed statins.

    Now for the double edges sword!:)

    "Commenting on the paper, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:"

    Which is the party line (which many here may not agree with). However she also says

    Which is a polite way of saying that the new guidelines are almost certainly wrong.

    You go, Girl!!!!
     
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  2. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    She is right to say the risk calculator needs work doing on it.

    I have just typed in Female aged 70 with perfect cholesterol ratio, BP and BMI and no other health issues. The risk score is above the magic 10%. so she would be offered statins. Simply because of her age.

    Have a play
    https://qrisk.org/2017/index.php
     
  3. carol43

    carol43 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Using the QRISK2 mine is 13% with T2 but only 7.4% without. Why would my well controlled BG make me a bigger risk.
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    I asked the GP that question. She mumbled something about it being because CV damage had probably already been done prior to being well controlled.
     
  5. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Because statistics?

    As in they average out all the T2s including the ones with really major health issues and come up with a "one number fits all" score.
     
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