Woof! Here’s the latest round up of diabetes-related misinformation, guff and puffery from the broadsheets, tabloids and worst recesses of the Internet.
Firstly, the Daily Mail leads with a typically scaremongering (and extremely long) headline – 1 in 3 adults are on the brink of diabetes but 90% of them don’t know they’re at risk – are YOU one of them? Given the readership of this blog, I guess we can all safely say that, yes, we are indeed one of them. Oh well.
The article talks about “pre-diabetes” and is relatively accurate (if you consider that “pre-diabetes” exists, I recall someone saying that diabetes is like being pregnant; you can’t really be pre-pregnant. You’ve either got diabetes or you haven’t).
As always, with the Daily Fail, the comments are the best bit. The lowest rated comment comes from “dkcool” who, presumable through clouds of sweetly acrid smoke, comments “Using cannabis reduces your chances of getting diabetes another good reason to toke”. Given my experience of cannabis amounts to a few puffs on a joint in Amsterdam many years ago, anyone with better experience of soft drugs is welcome to comment on its relationship to diabetes below.
Next, the Metro reports Dog saves life of sleeping boy with diabetes. Apparently, a diabetic alert dog incongruously called “Jedi” did his job and woke up his owner when his blood glucose plummeted. So that’s nice. Jedi’s a black Lab and not half as cute as Lola the Labradoodle, which belongs to soarway Shoot Up reader Lizz.
Finally, Norfolk’s Eastern Daily Press tells us about a Diabetes patient made death threats to Norwich hospital staff. Apparently, Norwich Magistrates Court heard that Kevin Cushion – who had been previously flagged as a “problem patient” by hospital staff – made death threats against his diabetes team when he ran out of insulin. Cushion was given a 12 month restraining order and 12 week suspended prison sentence.
I know we get annoyed with the NHS from time to time, but death threats?! What an enormous bell-end who got exactly what he deserved! Woof!