Thursday, 5 May 2011
What Motivates the Employment of a Troll aka Ken?
Imagine you came across a website purporting to help diabetics avoid the debilitating complications resulting from high blood glucose. Imagine you had access to the statistics over a number of years concerning the lack of blood glucose control for the UK diabetic population. Thus from
for 2008 2009:
Percentage of Type 1 diabetics with HbA1c greater than 7.5 per cent = 71.4 per cent.
Percentage of Type 2 diabetics with HbA1c greater than 7.5 per cent = 33.4 per cent.
Percentage of Type 1 diabetics with HbA1c greater than 10.0 per cent = 33.6 per cent.
Percentage of Type 2 diabetics with HbA1c greater than 10.0 per cent = 14.3 per cent.
These results are very similar to those found in 2006 – 2007 and 2007 – 2008.
Seeing these results you might imagine both the medical profession and the said website would result in widespread analysis of what has gone wrong and what needs to be done.
However, imagine you noted the NICE guidelines for HbA1c relaxed from 6.5 per cent to 7.5 per cent.
Imagine you noted the outrage for the said website demanding an explanation for the relaxation and noting that the relaxation would likely lead to even worse statistics.
Of course, at this last imagination, cruel reality rears its head and you consider the sad nature of the website’s forum moderated by sad character who cannot understand the basic physical, chemical and biological basis of dietary metabolism. The dangerous idiocy of such a person moderating a diabetic forum, not withstanding the promulgating of the relaxed HbA1c NICE guidelines, but the newly diagnosed diabetic regarding his publicising of a non-viable low carb, low fat low calorie diet for a stable weight adult male.
As others have noted the said website seeks to maintain the diabetic status quo and to this end utilises a forum moderator who will certainly help to achieve this objective.