Clinical Editor's comments (September 2017)
Dr Hayley Willacy draws your attention to the recently released paper in the Heart Journal drawing attention to the differences between the sexes in adhering to treatment [ 4 ] . After adjusting for several factors that could have influenced the results, they found that, compared with men, women were less likely to achieve targets for total cholesterol (8% vs 14%), LDL cholesterol (22% vs 33%) and blood glucose (71% vs 76%), or to be physically active or non-obese. In contrast, women had better control of blood pressure (45% vs 38%) and were more likely to be a non-smoker than men. Overall, women were less likely than men to achieve all treatment targets, but no significant differences were found for all lifestyle targets. Sex disparities in reaching treatment targets were smaller in Europe than in Asia and the Middle East. Women in Asia were more likely than men to reach all lifestyle targets, but the reverse was seen in Europe and the Middle East.