Diabetes UK is extremely worried about a statement issued by the Department of Health (DoH) telling healthcare professionals to ignore the revised tighter guidelines to tackle cardiovascular disease.
The Joint British Societies (JBS) reduced the total blood cholesterol target of 5.0mmol/l to 4.0mmol/l in December 2005 for all people with diabetes to reduce cardiovascular disease risk.
Despite this recommendation the DoH want healthcare professionals to wait another year until December 2007, when the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) publishes their detailed guidance on cholesterol management.
“Diabetes and heart disease often go hand in hand," said Simon O’Neill, Director of Care & Policy at Diabetes UK.
"It’s hard to believe that the health of people with diabetes could be at stake purely because doctors have to wait for NICE to confirm what is obvious from the evidence.
"The new targets are challenging but they are based on the most up-to-date trials and they could save lives. We would urge the DoH to revise their statement as a matter of urgency.”
The Joint British Societies (JBS), including Heart UK, Diabetes UK, the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society, the Stroke Association and the British Cardiac Society, all have experience of dealing with people at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.