12 Aug '17, 1am

Time to stop stereotyping diabetics as fat and lazy

Born in 1907 in the New York State governor's mansion, Elizabeth Hughes was the daughter of Charles Evans Hughes, a judge in the US Supreme Court who later became Secretary of State. When she was 11 years old, Elizabeth developed diabetes and her parents sought the help of one of the day's preeminent experts on diabetes. The mainstay of treatment then was a diet purged of sugar and starch and with just that amount of calories to keep the patient alive. Elizabeth was placed on one such gruelling regime and for the next few years, she subsisted on lean meat, eggs, milk, a few fruits, bran rusks and vegetables boiled repeatedly to leach them of any carbohydrate. Instead of a real birthday cake, she had a hat box covered in pink and white paper with candles on it. (A doctor described one such dieting patient as "just about the weight of her bones and a human soul".) Reprieve c...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/time-to-stop-stereoty...

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