Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Low control for high cholesterol

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 febbraio 2011

The largest ever study – representing 147 million people – shows that most people with high cholesterol levels are not getting the treatment they need to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke. Many of these people – living in England, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Scotland, Thailand and the United States of America – are unaware that they need treatment, which is easily accessible in the form of low-cost medicines. This study, published today in the international public health journal, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, is the first to show the extent of the treatment gap for high cholesterol – a common risk factor for early cardiovascular deaths. In Thailand, for example, 78% of adults surveyed had not been diagnosed, while in Japan, 53% of adults were diagnosed but remained untreated.
http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/89/02/10-079947.pdf
The Bulletin of the World Health Organization is one of the world’s leading public health journals. It is the flagship periodical of WHO, with a special focus on developing countries. Articles are peer-reviewed and are independent of WHO guidelines. Abstracts are now available in the six official languages of the United Nations. Further items in this month’s issue include:
•    What is the ideal weight gain during pregnancy? A study from Viet Nam
•    Modern contraceptive use in Africa stagnates
•    Radio programme helps combat food insecurity
•    Why so slow to develop new antibiotics?
•    Diabetes – a product of modern technology

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