San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
Nov 13 2012
Do Sulfonylureas Add to Cardiovascular Risks?
One of the challenges to having type 2 is trying to stay abreast of new research about the disease. That’s why routinely checking out sites like Healthline on the Internet can be a big help when it comes to talking to your doctor or endocrinolo...
Nov 08 2012
Tomorrow Belongs to Us
Every one of us who has diabetes, and the people who love us, hope for the day when science finds a way to cure our disease. Not just kick it into remission, but cure. In the meantime, until that great day, it’s good to remember just how ...
Nov 01 2012
Small A1c Drop, Big Life Expectancy Gain
While controversy swirls around what A1c percentage is ideal for type 2s, no one denies that lower is better. Currently, the recommended A1c target is 6.5%, equivalent to a daily average of140 mg/dL. For older people who’ve been diagnosed for...
Sep 27 2012
The Panic in Needle Park
"The Panic in Needle Park” was the name of a 1971 film about an ill-fated love affair between two New York City heroin addicts. (It featured a young actor named Al Pacino in his second-ever Hollywood role.) By 2022, however, that title might ...
Sep 12 2012
Hitting the Road with Type 2
My wife and I will soon be driving out from the San Francisco Bay Area to southern Utah. We haven’t visited the glorious red rock country there in years, so we’ve been anticipating this trip for months. Our goal is to shun freeways and inter...
Aug 24 2012
Bobbing on the Sargasso Sea
The Sargasso Sea is a section of the Atlantic Ocean that almost every sailor on earth knows about and fears. It’s not that the sea has dragons, or violent weather, or pirates, or unexplained disappearances. What it has is nothing, as in no wi...
Aug 02 2012
A New Throwing Stick for Type 2?
I remember the first time I saw a throwing stick attached to a spear. The stick works as an additional lever that aids the primary lever—the arm—in hurling the spear. Ancient man’s invention of it made it possible to toss spears with greater force...
Jul 23 2012
"Shock and Awe" Comes to Type 2
For years treating type 2 has followed a predictable path: First, try to modify symptoms through diet and exerciseAs the disease progresses, add metformin to the mixWhen metformin becomes less effective, introduce a sulfonylurea on top of th...
Jul 18 2012
Not Yet on Needles or Pens
I went to my insulin management class this morning. It lasted 90 minutes and was an eye opener. The instructor, a certified diabetes educator, surprised me when she said that my recent experiment to try lowering my blood sugar averages with ste...
Jul 11 2012
I’m entering the fifth week of my experiment with a low-carb diet and a renewed exercise regimen to see if I can put off starting insulin therapy. I started with the high hope that I could drive my fasting numbers down far enough to avoid start...