mjr wrote:georgew wrote:It is indeed a paradox when one considers that in this country cardiac problems are considered to be the result of high cholesterol and the Government encourages the prescription of Statins as a cure-all.mjr wrote:There's no paradox because that's a gross misdescription of Government actions and surely only the gutter press considers it solely the fault of high cholesterol. As ever, the truth is not as simple to summarise as that soundbite.
"Gross description"....perhaps slightly overblown but then one reads this dated 2014:
"Until July, GPs were advised to offer statins to anyone with a one in five chance of heart disease within a decade. The new advice halves the threshold to one in 10."
When NICE is responsible for this kind of advice perhaps one can be forgiven for thing so.georgew wrote:Some studies suggest that it is stress which may be the major contributor to cardiac problems, and that ethnic groups having low rates of cardiac problems while in their home environment, within six months will revert to the rates of cardiac disease prevalent in their new country.
Stress has been considered a risk factor for a long time - one of many, alongside elevated cholesterol. Is the effect limited to ethnic groups or do non-ethnic migrants (for example, people moving between two countries where their group is considered native) also show the same effect? And how can someone "revert" to a "new country" rate?
Stress may have been considered a risk factor but it certainly has been under-rated in comparison to the huge and massively profitable promotion of Statins. "Revert" is the wrong term certainly........increase to that of the native population...would be more accurate. Thanks for that.