Ok, this is a bit of a whinge, and might end up as a rant, but what is it with the constantly shifting goal-posts in medical matters these days? Let me explain.. I have a family history of heart disease. My father and all his brothers died from it, one, albeit in his 70s. So, I need to be careful because one thing that IS agreed upon is the role of genetics and family history in this area. So, I'm 60 years old, a tee-totaller and a life-long non-smoker. I'm around 178 cms or five foot eight in the old scale, and weigh around 90kgs. Some years ago I visited the doctor who ordered some blood tests and tut-tutted when my cholesterol was nearly 8. Drugs and exercise got it down to around 6 in less than three months. NOW my current doctor says 6 is "way too high" and he's surprised that I haven't "dropped dead" already. As well, I am supposed to be a diabetic, the medical craze of the noughties, it appears. I asked him what were the dangers of this disease. He told me I could lose the use of my hands and legs, and could end up having my feet amputated. He then asked when the last time was that I had visited a GP. I told him I don't get sick, and I go to the doctor when I am sick. His reaction was on the same level as that he would have given if I had blasphemed his prophet! "You should visit you GP once a month!", he blustered. "What for?", I asked. He didn't have any sort of answer. Now I'm always the first to debunk or ridicule conspiracy theories, but in the medical realm at least, I'm beginning to believe. If a level of cholesterol was considered to be under control and manageable 5 years ago, how come it's now the equivalent of an imminent death sentence? If diabeties is an epidemic, how come I'm not seeing people all aroung in wheelchairs? If the figures for deaths from heart failure, excluding the thousands of people who die each year in hospital, at advanced age, of unrelated diseases, were reported properly, how serious is the 'epidemic'? Why are otherwise healthy men and women not dropping like flies in Pitt Street, on the basis of this relentless media campaign, driven along by the medical profession? And if the attitude of this doctor regarding unnecessary GP visits is reflected across the whole profession, is it any wonder the Medicare system is collapsing under the weight of this avalanche of people sitting in waiting rooms, waiting to see the doctor because he has told them they should? Is it just me?