Here is an example of our current view of the risk of coronary artery disease in a diabetes patient:
- This was a prospective cohort study of 7,052 men and 8,354 women aged 45–64 years from Renfrew and Paisley, Scotland, who were first screened in 1972–1976 and followed for 25 years. All-cause mortality was calculated as death per 1,000 person-years. A Cox proportional hazards model was used to adjust survival for age, smoking habit, blood pressure, serum cholesterol, BMI, and social class. Whiteley, july 2005
But a recent metananalysis has made the claim that this may not be the case:
- "This meta-analysis did not support the hypothesis that diabetes is a 'coronary heart disease equivalent'. Public health decisions to initiate cardio-protective drugs in patients with diabetes for primary CHD prevention should therefore be based on appropriate patients' CHD risk estimates rather than a 'blanket' approach of treatment."
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