A golden syrupBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a510 (Published 26 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1508
- Des Spence
Much of my working life is spent listening to confessions. For example, someone with diabetes might say, “I have the occasional KitKat; I’m so sorry, doctor.” Medicine’s denunciation of paternalism is but a sham, for we now attempt to micro-manage every detail of patients’ lives, through medications and health promotion diktats. But this clearly isn’t working.
People with type 2 diabetes fare the worst. Their diagnosis is now an absolute. The term “mild diabetes” has long been retired to the …