Todays Sunday Times has a first page article on the exploding cost of treating chronic diseases focusing on T1 and T2 diabetes. It is full of serious errors -
1. Type 2 can usually be managed through diet and exercise.
2. The new push to use insulin for T2s is not an appropriate shift in treatment to the best choice available for many patients.
3. Analog insulins are just a little bit better than NPH and R.
4. Pumps are probably over prescribed and not appropriate for young children.
5. There is something called 'hard to control" diabetes for which the best possible care is appropriate but most people with diabetes should be able to do fine with tools from the early 80s.
And there is more.
I'm in the middle of a final tax season push and can't do more than post this but someone and I hope a lot of people should to set the Times straight. The errors are set in a piece about the rising costs of treating chronic illness. There is a serious issue here. Does the society as a whole or the person with the condition bare the cost of expensive disease. It's a political and moral discussion which should be based on facts rather than fact like statements,