It's not a fear so much as an inevitability. That's exactly what they do. The only reason I still have my GP is because I pay lip service to her yearly "You only feel this way because you're fat/not maintaining a strict sleep schedule/not maintaining a strict diet/not working/not exercising/not going out and doing things/not taking antidepressants, etc." sermon. The only reason I have this diagnosis is because I went over her head and got a rheumatologist to assess me.
Oh, goody. A judgy, judgmental ableist for a doctor. What fun.
Reminds me of the nurses at the hospital telling me they'd get me "straightened out" and "back to normal" when I told them that I'm a night owl. I told them that for me, it IS normal, and there are lots of people who are naturally more alert in the evening/middle of the night, rather than in the morning/afternoon. My dad was like that.
It actually helped with my typing business, as the clients could drop stuff off in the afternoon and pick it up the next morning - I'd usually wake up at 1 pm, have something to eat and watch my soap opera, and get typing at 3 pm for as long as it took to get through the papers. Sometimes there were only a couple of assignments, but at other times there could be 7 or 8, and doing all that could take 12-15 hours, depending on the length and how easy the handwriting was to read. I'd try to go to sleep around 6 am and my grandmother would deal with the clients who came to pick up their papers (since my grandmother was a morning person, this worked out nicely).
And then there was the hospital stay for diabetes, and I was told to live a "completely sugar-free life." One doctor informed me that I could never have milk again, whereupon I pointed out that milk was always one of the choices I'd been allowed for meals. She made it very clear that she thought me too stupid to be able to measure out 120 mL for a portion (apparently forgetting that most people have these newfangled things called measuring cups) and that I should only drink water. How she expected me to eat cereal without milk is beyond me.
I told her I could not fathom only drinking water, and what else would she suggest.
Her answer: Coffee.
I said, "A doctor
is pushing coffee
When I told my regular doctor about this, she couldn't fathom it, either, and told me to go ahead and drink milk - as long as it wasn't too much, and to read the labels. 1% is fine.