I think I have found a new hero. I stumbled across a recent thought-provoking article, The epidemic of pre-diabetes: the medicine and the politics and had to admit that the author presents some cogent (and sometimes biting) arguments against the value of the concept of pre-diabetes.
Then I looked around for more information on the lead author (John S Yudkin, MD, FRCP, Emeritus Professor of Medicine University College London), and found another interesting commentary: The drug industry is a barrier to diabetes care in poor countries
Why is he my new hero?
Well, first of all, Dr. Judkin is not some self-serving blogger on his own blog -- he's writing in the highly-respected and peer-reviewed British Medical Journal.
Second, his opinions are referenced by a long list of citations.
Third, he makes sense.
If you have the time and interest, I'd encourage you to read both essays. And to give you a bit of the flavor of them, here are some examples:
At The epidemic of pre-diabetes: the medicine and the politics:
He's clearly a gadfly ("an annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism"). And he's my new hero.